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.
February 4, 1992 |
Azerbaijan and Armenia have accepted an invitation to hold peace talks in Moscow soon on the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev said Monday. Kozyrev brought together Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Hussein Sadikhov and Armenia's acting foreign minister, Armand Navassardyan, during a meeting to set up a Black Sea economic cooperation pact between Turkey and eight former Communist states. "I invited the two ministers to come.
March 10, 1992 |
Armed Armenians attacked an antiaircraft base of the former Soviet army, killed two soldiers and took senior officers hostage but failed in their attempt at seizing arms for their warfare with Azerbaijan in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, a spokesman for the joint armed forces of the Commonwealth of Independent States said Monday.
April 7, 1993 |
Secretary of State Warren Christopher on Tuesday condemned an Armenian military offensive into neighboring Azerbaijan and called for both sides to resume negotiations to end the 5-year-old conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. The statement marked the first time that the Clinton Administration has attempted to place blame for any aspect of the bitter ethnic war that began before Armenia and Azerbaijan obtained independence through the breakup of the Soviet Union.
May 7, 1993 |
An international initiative on stopping the war over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave received a boost Thursday after Azerbaijan backed the plan and Armenia gave conditional approval. The proposal by the United States, Russia and Turkey calls for the withdrawal of Armenian troops from Azerbaijan's Kelbajar region and a 60-day cessation of hostilities starting Wednesday, to be followed by peace talks. The three countries said the plan, announced Monday, must be accepted or rejected in full.
March 28, 2000 |
Prosecutors in the ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh charged five men with the attempted assassination of its president, Arkady Gukasyan, who was seriously wounded by gunmen Wednesday. Prosecutors said all five have links to Samvel Babyan, a former defense minister of the separatist enclave in Azerbaijan who was fired last year after a dispute with Gukasyan. The five have admitted their involvement, prosecutors said.