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A Time Of Tension And Transformation As Territorial Handovers Begin In Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Zone

On November 20, 2020, Azerbaijan took a step back in time. For the first time in over 27 years, it officially returned to Agdam, a hauntingly desolate town of ruins just outside of the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The departure of Armenian troops from the Agdam district is the first of three such withdrawals from Azerbaijani territory adjoining Karabakh that were stipulated by the November 9 peace deal between Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Russia. Armenian forces will withdraw from the Kalbacar district by November 25 and the Lachin district by December 1.

Current Time English explored some of the contrasts – and historical parallels -- that have marked this month of transformations.