ArmInfo.The president of Armenia's self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Samvel Shahramanyan, has signed a decree to dissolve all state institutions from January 1, 2024, Karabakh Armenian authorities said on Thursday.
The self-declared republic will cease to exist from that day, the decree said.
President Samvel Shahramanyan's decree called for all institutions and organizations of the Republic of Artsakh - which is not recognized internationally - to dissolve by the start of next year.
"The Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) ceases its existence," read the decree, which was shared on Facebook by the Artsakh government.
Shahramanyan said the decision had been made "due to the current difficult military-political situation."
The decree called on Azerbaijan to observe the "free, unconstrained, and unhindered passing of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh, including the militants who laid down their weapons, with their property and transportation means through Lachin corridor."
The Armenian population of the Karabakh region should consider the conditions of reintegration proposed by Azerbaijan and independently decide on the possibility of staying.
"To dissolve all state institutions and organizations under their subordination before January 1, 2024, the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) ceases to exist," it said, giving the name of the self-styled region, which had existed in name only.
"After the entry into force of this decree, the population of Nagorno-Karabakh, including those located outside the republic, should consider the conditions of reintegration presented by the Republic of Azerbaijan in order to make an independent and individual decision on the possibility of staying (returning) to Nagorno-Karabakh in the future," the decree said.
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