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YEREVAN. – Within the framework of assistance to the compatriots of Artsakh [(Nagorno-Karabakh)], two programs are being implemented, one of which envisages a 68,000-dram support to each resident of Artsakh. The Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Mesrop Arakelyan stated this at Thursday’s Cabinet meeting of the government of Armenia.

According to him, the respective applications of 30,000 such citizens have already been approved under this program. "According to the second program, the residents of the settlements [now] outside the control of Artsakh will receive a one-time assistance of 300,000 drams. Besides, the expenses of the citizens who lost their homes will be compensated in the coming months," he added.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, for his part, clarified that these beneficiaries are not the families, but individuals; that is, several people from one family can receive such assistance. "The implementation of these programs is aimed at the speedy return of the people of Artsakh to their homes," he added.

On November 9, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a joint statement on a complete cessation of hostilities— which Azerbaijan had launched on September 27—in and around Artsakh. Accordingly, Russian peacekeepers are deployed in the region to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire and the cessation of hostilities. But this statement also stipulates the handover of part of Artsakh lands to Azerbaijan. 

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