January 4, 1990 |
The KGB security police rushed reinforcements to the Iranian border Wednesday to stop rampaging Soviet Azerbaijanis from forcing open the frontier by demolishing guard towers and security alarms, official media reported. The Soviet government daily Izvestia said that after three days, the disturbances had spread along Azerbaijan's nearly 500-mile-long border with Iran. One protester was reported killed.
January 6, 1990 |
The local Communist Party leader in the Nakhichevan region of Soviet Azerbaijan has resigned following violence along the border with Iran, a Soviet official said Friday. The official reason given for Geider Isayev's resigning was his health. However, a regional Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ismail Agayev, left no doubt that the action resulted from the border unrest, which broke out New Year's Eve. "You know what is happening in Nakhichevan," Agayev said when asked why Isayev stepped down.
January 25, 1990 |
Hard-line voices in Tehran on Wednesday notched up their criticism of the Soviet military crackdown in Azerbaijan, the Muslim-dominated republic on Iran's northern border. The morning after an open letter by members of the Iranian Parliament demanded that Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev "deal with the Muslims of the Soviet Union with compassion," an editorial in the daily Kayhan International condemned Moscow's handling of the unrest.
February 16, 1990 |
The Soviet Union, dogged by unrest in several of its Muslim republics, signed two protocols with Iran to make cross-border visits easier and asked Tehran to help return calm to their frontier, Tehran Radio reported Thursday. It quoted Iran's deputy foreign minister, Mahmoud Vaezi, as saying that the Kremlin should "treat the people in a prudent and peaceful manner." Vaezi told the visiting Soviet deputy minister for protocol and consular affairs, Boris N.
January 9, 1990 |
Azerbaijanis demanding free contacts with fellow Muslims across the border have spread their protests to the Soviet-Turkish frontier, destroying border fortifications, the government newspaper Izvestia reported Monday. In Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, Communist Party officials met with Azerbaijani activists in an attempt to find solutions to the ethnic, nationalist and Muslim fundamentalist problems racking the republic.
January 18, 1990 |
The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's spiritual leader, warned Wednesday against "miscalculated and harsh" measures by Soviet troops in the strife-torn Soviet republic of Azerbaijan. But displaying the caution that has marked Iranian comments on the violence in Azerbaijan, Khamenei leavened his warning with praise for the loosening of religious restraints under Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.