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Germany: Anti-Armenian rally hits Chancellery as Merkel meets Pres. Sargsyan01:14

Germany: Anti-Armenian rally hits Chancellery as Merkel meets Pres. Sargsyan

Germany, Berlin
April 6, 2016 at 08:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 100 pro-Azeri protesters rallied outside the German Chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, ahead of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The protest comes following renewed hostilities which kicked off last Friday between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed unrecognised Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Police monitored the group closely as demonstrators waved Azerbaijani and Turkish flags and chanted "Armenia out." One protester at the rally held a sign reading "Miss Merkel, please ask the president how long the Armenian army will occupy Azerbaijani soil."

The renewed violence between Armenia and neighbouring Azerbaijan which erupted last week is likely to be high on the agenda between the two leaders who are set to meet Wednesday afternoon.

The first open conflict started in 1988, when Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly ethnic Armenian mountainous region, broke away from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic.

Nagorno-Karabakh is recognised by the United Nations (UN) as being part of Azerbaijan but has been under the control of Armenian military and separatist forces since 1994.

Germany: Anti-Armenian rally hits Chancellery as Merkel meets Pres. Sargsyan01:14
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Around 100 pro-Azeri protesters rallied outside the German Chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, ahead of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The protest comes following renewed hostilities which kicked off last Friday between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed unrecognised Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Police monitored the group closely as demonstrators waved Azerbaijani and Turkish flags and chanted "Armenia out." One protester at the rally held a sign reading "Miss Merkel, please ask the president how long the Armenian army will occupy Azerbaijani soil."

The renewed violence between Armenia and neighbouring Azerbaijan which erupted last week is likely to be high on the agenda between the two leaders who are set to meet Wednesday afternoon.

The first open conflict started in 1988, when Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly ethnic Armenian mountainous region, broke away from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic.

Nagorno-Karabakh is recognised by the United Nations (UN) as being part of Azerbaijan but has been under the control of Armenian military and separatist forces since 1994.

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