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The employees of Sotk gold mine on Friday are carrying out a protest on the Sotk-Karvachar motorway. It is unclear for them whether or not they will continue working in the mine.

At the moment, MP Taguhi Tovmasyan is speaking with these employees to try to understand the situation.

The lawmaker stated that according to her information, the Sotk mine will continue to be operated.

It was reported Thursday that the Azerbaijani military had entered the Sotk mine area and demanded that the Armenians leave the area, as, according to them, it is now under Azerbaijani control.

Subsequently, the Ministry of Defense of Armenia noted that the Azerbaijanis had come to the area to make—together with the Armenians and the Russians—an official demarcation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

Later, and MOD representative, as well as Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that a part of the Sotk mine will pass under the control of Azerbaijan.

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 (Nagorno-Karabakh). 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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