Armenian Prime Minister warns of coup after war with Azerbaijan

By March 2, 2021

Armenia (MNN) — The war between Armenia and Azerbaijan has ended in the Southern Caucasus, but unrest continues to roil Armenia. Read more about the war and its resolution here.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian has warned of a possible coup attempt by the military. Yesterday, protestors broke their way into a government building, demanding his resignation.

Eric Mock of the Slavic Gospel Association explains the discontent: “A peace accord, a cessation of hostilities was announced. But that also resulted in previously Armenian land being given back to Azerbaijan. This didn’t sit well with the people of Armenia, and they were very upset with their prime minister. What we’re seeing now is a conflict with a high number of people in the population and the military against the leaders that negotiated this ceasefire.”

Lingering effects of the conflict

The war drove many people from their homes, leaving them without shelter. Now that the war zone has switched hands from Armenia to Azerbaijan, thousands no longer have access to their homes.

SGA works with local Christians to provide those in need with groceries and the Gospel. Mock says, “In the middle of the chaos, the recovery from the conflict and the refugees returning home, the constant has been these churches. They continue to provide aid to those who are suffering and to provide the Gospel for people with no hope. SGA has been blessed to be able to raise support, reaching hundreds of families with humanitarian aid, with blankets for those that are struggling to stay warm.”

Want to help with this work? Visit SGA’s website to learn more and support their efforts.

 

 

The header photo shows the devastation from the war 2020 war between Armenia and Azerbaijan. (Photo courtesy of Javid Nabizade, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)