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Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan, leader of the Tavush for the Homeland movement and Primate of the Diocese of Tavush of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and his supporters, who were in Kirants village of Tavush Province since Monday morning, are returning to Yerevan, the Armenian News-NEWS.am correspondent reports from on location.

A large number of police continue to keep close the road leading to Kirants village, but Archbishop Galstanyan managed to reach Kirants and talk with the villagers.

The situation on this closed road is getting tense on a regular basis, as the police prohibit the entry of MPs and reporters to Kirants, noting that work is being conducted in the village. Fourteen people were forcibly detained by the police from the village road.

The Armenia-Azerbaijan border delimitation at the Kirants village section already nearing completion. Armenian border guards will monitor the border at the delimited area. To carry out this process, however, the entrance to Kirants village is temporarily closed.

At night, three markers were placed, and next to them are armed and masked border guards. But it is not clear at this time whether they are border or directional markers.

Earlier we reported that the National Security Service of Armenia announced Sunday that preparations are being made to take over border protection in the area of Kirants village of Tavush.

The Prime Minister's Office had reported on May 15 that the border guards of Armenia and Azerbaijan will stand on the agreed border in the next eight or nine days, but later on in the most sensitive part of Kirants because some details there need additional adjustment.

Also on May 15, after a statement by the Armenian foreign ministry and the clarification by the government regarding the border delimitation process in Kirants, the latter’s residents once again blocked the road, met with the governor of Tavush, expressing their disapproval, as the village will be divided, and the houses of several Kirants villagers will pass on to the Azerbaijani side.

Those who have joined the Tavush for the Homeland movement are against the incumbent Armenian authorities’ policy of unilateral concessions to Azerbaijan. In this connection, they are carrying out actions of civil disobedience, especially in the capital Yerevan.  

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