March 21, 1998 |
The fighting is over, and the women of the carpet factory have returned to their looms. Hunched over the bright threads with combs, scissors and shuttles, they are once again weaving the traditional rugs of the Caucasus Mountains. Still, half the looms in the cold hall stand idle, and many of the low stools drawn up to them are empty. Ethnic Armenians are still here, grieving for the thousands killed in a decade of ethnic conflict.
April 16, 1992 |
Investigators in Nagorno-Karabakh said Wednesday that the fatal shooting of Artur Mkrtchyan, leader of the separatist territory's Parliament, was an accident, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass said. Initial reports said that "assailants" had killed Mkrtchyan on Tuesday in his apartment in Stepanakert, capital of the predominantly Christian Armenian enclave within Muslim Azerbaijan.
August 17, 1992 |
At least 44 people were killed in renewed fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh on Sunday, a day after the regional government resigned and created a State Defense Committee to rule until clashes end, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency said. Elsewhere, Georgian and separatist Abkhazian forces exchanged sporadic gunfire Sunday in western Georgia. The Georgian fighting and the clash between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh have flared since the collapse of central Soviet power.
May 24, 1988 |
Soviet troops patrolled the streets of Stepanakert, the capital of the troubled province of Nagorno-Karabakh, a local party official said Monday. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said in a telephone interview that troops arrived Monday after citizens resumed strikes that began in March following a Kremlin refusal to incorporate the province of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is in the republic of Azerbaijan, into neighboring Armenia.
June 19, 1992 |
Nagorno-Karabakh introduced a state of emergency Thursday and ordered a general mobilization as Azerbaijani forces closed in on the key town of Mardakert in the disputed territory, news reports said. The state of emergency is to last for one month. Russia's Itar-Tass news agency also said that the Parliament of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is composed mainly of ethnic Armenians, called for a guerrilla war against Azerbaijani forces.
April 6, 1993 |
Armenian troops fired rockets and artillery at the key town of Fizuli south of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave Monday, killing at least 20 civilians, Azerbaijan claimed. Officials in Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian area inside Azerbaijan, denied making any such attack. The reported attack followed the Armenian capture over the weekend of a strip of western Azerbaijan lying between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. The Red Cross said it was rushing aid to thousands of refugees.
February 1, 1992 |
Azerbaijani and Armenian forces clashed Friday in Nagorno-Karabakh, killing at least five people in heavy fighting for control of the enclave that is claimed by both countries, news agencies reported. Quoting the Armenian News Service, Russian Television reported that the Azerbaijani army had launched a wide-scale offensive against Armenian areas of Nagorno-Karabakh.
February 7, 1993 |
Armenian forces have launched a major new offensive in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and captured at least two Azerbaijani-held villages, reports from both sides said Saturday. The Armenian news agency Snark said Armenian fighters had won control of 11 settlements in the past two days, including Chldran, one of the largest in the north of the war-torn enclave. It said Azerbaijani forces were retreating in panic.
August 12, 2002 |
Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh voted for a new leader Sunday, defying the world community and brushing off angry protests from the Azerbaijani capital, Baku. In the latest twist in the long dispute over the mountainous enclave, its predominantly ethnic Armenian people turned out in fog and rain to elect a new "president" in a poll they hope will help gain recognition for their homeland. "Any international organization that does not recognize these elections ...