International Crisis Group representative: war in Nagorno Karabakh can start at any moment (REGNUM)
“If we observe the Nagorno Karabakh conflict from the OSCE Minsk Group point of view, it can be the only conflict in the CIS territory, in settlement of which all world powers are interested, because continuation of the conflict is unprofitable to everybody, including the US, Russia and Europe,” said vice-president of the International Crisis Group Alain Deletroz.
the war in Nagorno Karabakh can start at any moment, after one of the sides suddenly thinks it has enough forces to retrieve all occupied territories. He added that recent showings of both Azerbaijan and Armenian economies demonstrate that war will ruin all positive tendencies
Azat Artsakh Newspaper: PRESS RELEASE
On January 12 the OSCE mission conducted a monitoring of the front line between the armed forces of Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan in the vicinities of Talish, Martakert region.
No cases of breaking the ceasefire were reported during the monitoring.
Payvand´s Iran News: Presidents of Armenia And Azerbaijan To Meet
High-level talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan on Nagorno-Karabakh have ended with an announcement of an upcoming meeting between the countries' presidents.
Oskanian told RFE/RL's Armenian service that the two presidents will come together in France, probably sometime in early February.
Predominantly ethnic Armenian Karabakh seceded from Soviet Azerbaijan in 1988, triggering a war that claimed some 30,000 lives and drove more than 800,000 people from their homes. A truce was signed in 1994, but Armenia and Azerbaijan remain formally at war.
RA MFA: Progress on Some Issues Fixed in London (PanARMENIAN.Net)
Progress on some issues was fixed however the parties still disagreed on a number of items. The OSCE NG Co-Chairs handed the Ministers French President’s Jacques Chirac’s invitations to Presidents Robert Kocharian and Ilham Aliyev to hold their meeting in France.
CIS: Armenian-Azerbaijani Cup Match Falls Through, Raises Eyebrows (RFE/RL)
20 January 2006
Armenia and Azerbaijan were set to square off today for a semifinal soccer match in the Commonwealth Cup being played in Moscow. But the Armenians refused to play, claiming Russia had failed to give them proper security guarantees. The Russian Football Union, however, says the team's withdrawal may have more to do with politics than with security.
ARMINFO: THE EX-OMBUDSMAN OF ARMENIA CONSIDERS THE "HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH"...
January 20, 2006
The ex-Ombudsman also commented on the problem of alternative military service for the "Witnesses of Jehovah", saying that it is a matter on internal policy and should be solved in accord with geopolitical interests of Armenia.
Interfax: Russia tightens border control over terrorist attack plans - FSB
Jan 20, 2006
Russia has tightened security in the North Caucasus after being tipped off about plans by international terrorists to stage terrorist acts in several places in southern Russia. "Operational reports have been received along the lines of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Interior Ministry that militants are being trained in the Pankisi gorge, Georgia, under the leadership of representatives of international terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, for terrorist acts in several regions in the North Caucasus," a FSB spokesman told Interfax on Friday, saying that other Russian law enforcement agencies received similar tip-offs.
Azertag: HEAD OF FSB OF RUSSIAN FEDERATION SATISFIED WITH COOPERATION WITH SPECIAL SERVICES OF FOREIGN STATES
January 18, 2006
The head of FSB of Russia Nikolay Patrushev in the interview to the “Russian” newspaper published on January 18, has expressed satisfaction with cooperation of special services of the foreign states, including with special services of Azerbaijan.
forces of FSB had detained the participants of a dangerous criminal group working in territory of Azerbaijan.
Basic Learning: Forgotten Wars (Soj)
Country: Armenia and Azerbaijan (Nagorno-Karabakh)
Combatants: Ethnic Armenians (Christian) vs. ethnic Azeris (Muslim)
Current Status: Frozen. Border skirmishes kill approximately 40 people per year.
Reason for Conflict: Ethnic Armenians and Azeris in the region do not live in easily divisible geographic locations. The region Nagorno-Karabakh has always been populated by a majority of ethnic Armenians. During the Soviet era, Nagorno-Karabakh was placed inside the Soviet SSR of Azerbaijan. After independence in 1991, Azerbaijan maintained its Soviet-established borders. A war immediately broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh. With support and troops from Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh became a de facto independent state and aligned with Armenia. Nagorno-Karabakh uses Armenian currency and most residents carry Armenian passports.
BakuTODAY.net: U.S. Firm to Mine Uranium In Armenia
Radio Free Europe 26/01/2006 16:22
A U.S. gold mining company has announced plans to expand its operations in Armenia by developing and exporting the country’s hitherto untapped uranium reserves.
Axis News: Azerbaijani foreign minister warns that Baku may choose the military way to free territories
“If the talks on settlement of Nagorno Karabakh bear no result, we will have to choose the other, military way to free our territories and restore our territorial integrity,” Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov is quotes as saying by a Regnum news agency correspondent while talking to Azerbaijani press on March 30.
BakuTODAY.net: Azerbaijan says soldier killed on Armenian border
Azerbaijan accused Armenia Thursday of breaking a ceasefire and responsibility for the death of one of its soldiers on their common border.
"An Azeri soldier was killed during the habitual violations of the ceasefire by the Armenian side," the defence ministry said in Baku. "Azerbaijan's positions in the Tovuz region were targeted by Armenian military units from the Berd area," it said.
PanARMENIAN.Net: Armenia Not Going to Come out of Karabakh Talks
Armenia’s position on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement is unchangeable and we are not going to come out of the negotiation process,” Hamlet Gasparian noted. To remind, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov stated that “official Baku is ready to hold talks with the Armenian community of Karabakh if they admit Azerbaijani citizenship and if Armenia comes out of the negotiation process.”
PanARMENIAN.Net: Karabakh Citizens Have Never Been and Will Never Be Azerbaijani Citizens
The Nagorno Karabakh authorities always supported NKR participation in the negotiations without preconditions, NKR MFA information and analytical department told PanARMENIAN.Net. when commenting on the latest statement by the Azerbaijani FM. “Karabakh citizens have never been and will never be citizens of Azerbaijan. The statements by the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry are made for home and do not reflect the real process on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement,” the NR MFA said.
"Armenia and Azerbaijan remain formally at war"? I didn´t know that...
The Georgians and the Armenians dont have good realtions with the Russians anyway historically and the US might want to exploit this to make the most of the situation.
RFE/RL: Nagarno-Karabakh: Mediators Take The Process Public
June 30, 2006
Lifting the veil of confidentiality that has marked the Karabakh peace process since it began in 1992, the French, Russian and U.S. co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group tasked with mediating a solution to the conflict have over the past eight days gone public with a summary of the basic principles currently under discussion.
Over the 14 years that the Minsk Group has been trying to mediate a political solution to the Karabakh conflict, those involved have generally abided by a "gentlemen's agreement" that the negotiating process should remain confidential. The rationale for doing so is primarily to avoid derailing the peace process by alerting the public in one or other country to unpalatable concessions required that opposition parties might seize upon to discredit national leaders prepared to accept those concessions.
A further "gray area" not touched upon in the Armenian Foreign Ministry statement is the future status of several districts that prior to 1988 were part of the then Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast, but which Azerbaijan took control of in May-June 1991, expelling the Armenian population.