February 19, 1989 |
Refugee resettlement efforts in Southern California are about to be overwhelmed by thousands of Jews and Armenians who are backed up in Italy and the Soviet Union waiting for permission to enter the United States. "There is just not enough money and services to serve these people in an expeditious way," said Bruce Whipple, director of the Los Angeles office of the nonprofit International Rescue Committee, which helps find jobs, housing and language training for refugees.
February 3, 1990
The recent fighting between Armenians and Azerbaijanis in the Soviet Caucasus "is not based on religious differences," according to a joint statement issued this week by Los Angeles-area Muslim and Armenian Christian leaders seeking to avert local disharmony. Despite the predominant Muslim faith of Azerbaijanis and Christian faith of Armenians, the crisis is based on a decades-old territorial struggle, political mistakes and injustices, the statement said.
April 25, 1990 |
Hundreds of thousands of Armenians from throughout the Transcaucasian republic and abroad observed an official day of mourning Tuesday to mark the 1915 massacre of more than 1 million Armenians by Turks.
July 21, 1990 |
Armenian nationalist gunmen took a Soviet guard detachment hostage after a fierce fight on the Turkish border. The Armenian news agency Armenpress said the newly elected 259-seat Parliament in Yerevan interrupted proceedings to send a group to try to secure the release of the soldiers and the return of their weapons. Separately, an explosion apparently set off by an Azerbaijani militant killed four people and wounded 10 on a passenger train near the Black Sea.
May 30, 1990 |
Armenians flew their republic's flag and wore black ribbons Tuesday to mourn 24 people killed in clashes between Soviet troops and militants, an Armenian journalist said. Streets were quiet in the southern republic's capital of Yerevan on Tuesday after two days of clashes between Armenian militants and Soviet troops, said Bela Avitisyan, an editor of the official Armenian news agency Armenpress.
May 28, 1990 |
Soviet troops patrolling Armenia were ambushed by militants inside a train station and fired back, killing six of the assailants, official media reported Sunday. The clash is certain to inflame passions in the Caucasus as President Mikhail S. Gorbachev prepares to leave the country. According to the Tass news agency, Interior Ministry troops escorting a passenger train on the 120-mile-long journey from Kafan to Yerevan, Armenia's capital, were attacked by 15 gunmen in the capital's main station.