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OSCE MG co-chairs talk on peaceful settlement of Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict

OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, Igor Popov (Russia), Jacques Faure (France) and James Warlick (the U.S.), and the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk visited the region from May 16 to May 19, a statement posted on OSCE’s website said.

The Minsk Group co-chairs visited the region to discuss the process of the peaceful settlement of Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by blogger Posted in: Azerbaijan Press No Comments » May 2014


Azeri-Armenian enmity and citizen diplomacy

While the war formally ended in 1994, the dispute is far from settled, with regular skirmishes on the border and several failed international mediation attempts.

Virulent anti-Armenian sentiments prevail in Azerbaijan, fuelled by state-run media. It is no different in Armenia, recently highlighted by Baku’s granting a pardon – and a hero’s welcome – to an Azerbaijani soldier who hacked to death an Armenian soldier in Budapest in 2004. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by blogger Posted in: International Press No Comments » May 2014


Nagorno-Karabakh After Crimea: How Moscow Keeps the Conflict Alive — And What to Do About It

In early May, the Obama administration will announce a new effort to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. This isn’t the first such effort, and it likely won’t be the last. But in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the United States seems more intent than ever on resolving the long-standing dispute, which Moscow has fanned to maintain its influence in the region.

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan started on the eve of the Soviet breakup, as ethnic Armenians in Azerbaijan’s province of Nagorno-Karabakh rallied to join Armenia. Moscow armed both sides and played them against each other, turning a local dispute over the status of a territory inhabited by 90,000 people into a regional war. For close to six years, the newly independent states of Armenia and Azerbaijan fought over the territory, leaving 30,000 dead and creating around a million new refugees. Eventually, Armenia was victorious, and it took control of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven other Azerbaijani districts. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by blogger Posted in: International Press No Comments » May 2014