January 18, 1990 |
Alexander Gulanerian heard the mob pounding down the hall seconds before his door was broken down and they stormed in, brandishing knives, broken bottles and lengths of pipe. Gulanerian, an Armenian living in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, said the intruders, without uttering a word, began beating him. They slashed his neck and his feet and threw him out of a second-story window.
August 30, 1990 |
The Armenian Parliament, struggling for control over renegade militia groups, declared a state of emergency and outlawed the largest armed group in the republic Wednesday after an outbreak of shooting that left a lawmaker and five other people dead. The Parliament voted 170 to 0 to ban the group known as the Armenian National Army and ordered its members to turn in their weapons and vacate the building they have occupied illegally as their headquarters. The lawmakers ordered a 10 p.m.-to-6 a.m.
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.
February 9, 1990
With tensions, arsenals and armies escalating rapidly and possibly out of control, regional Armenian and Azerbaijani party and government leaders agreed to meet under Soviet supervision to negotiate a way to limit, if not eliminate, the increasing threat of civil war. At one point, nine days after the initial bloodshed in Baku, the official leaders did agree to remove armed groups from their borders, restore damaged communication lines and resume rail traffic.
February 5, 1990 |
Armenian negotiators broke off informal peace talks with Azerbaijanis and headed home Sunday after accusing them of pressuring Armenians to evacuate two villages in Azerbaijan, a participant said. Armenian leaders also said that the Armenian All-National Movement is refusing to ratify an agreement to seek a peaceful settlement of the conflict and exchange information on hostages.
January 19, 1990 |
The Soviet government, struggling to re-establish its authority in the southern republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan, on Thursday put its armed forces there on a wartime footing and mobilized reservists as the fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani militias grew. Gen. Dmitri T.