November 23, 1988 |
Three soldiers were killed and 126 people wounded in Azerbaijan when riots triggered by a territorial dispute with Armenia swept through two southern Soviet cities, an Azerbaijani official said today. Musa Mamedov, chief of the information department of the Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry, said the violence occurred in the Azerbaijan cities of Nakhichevan and Kirovabad with the arrival of Interior Ministry troops Tuesday.
March 3, 1988 |
The Soviet Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that several people were killed in ethnic rioting in the industrial city of Sumgait before army troops could be mobilized and a curfew imposed. Gennady I. Gerasimov, the ministry's chief spokesman, told reporters that life in Sumgait, a city of more than 160,000 people in the Soviet republic of Azerbaijan, is returning to normal after Sunday's clashes between Azerbaijanis and Armenians.
October 11, 1988 |
Widespread political corruption was the underlying cause of the ethnic disturbances in the Soviet republic of Azerbaijan, including the predominantly Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which has sought to secede, the Communist Party newspaper Pravda said Monday.
January 25, 1990 |
Negotiators today reached an agreement calling for a cease-fire along a border separating heavily armed camps of Armenian and Azerbaijani nationalists, Tass press agency said. Tass said the cease-fire was declared by members of the Soviet Parliament, the Armenian All-National Movement and the People's Front of Nakhichevan.
March 4, 1988 |
Thirty-one people were killed in ethnic rioting in the Azerbaijani city of Sumgait, Tass press agency reported today. It was the first time the official media reported deaths in ethnic violence between Azerbaijanis and Armenians in the two southern Soviet republics. Dissident sources had reported that as many as 20 people died in the Sumgait riots. The rioting erupted Sunday in the industrial city 19 miles northwest of the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.
January 5, 1990 |
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev canceled meetings with foreign guests to concentrate on domestic crises, and news of the schedule change triggered a steep drop today in the Tokyo stock market and unsettled Wall Street. Gorbachev put off engagements with foreign visitors, including British opposition leader Neil Kinnock, to deal with border riots in Azerbaijan and the breakaway Communist Party of Lithuania, a senior official said today.