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.
July 20, 1990 |
New fighting between ethnic Kirghiz and Uzbeks in Soviet Central Asia has increased the death toll to 212, and incidents of "sadistic cruelty" have taken place, state media reported Thursday. The newspaper Rabochaya Tribuna said about 1,200 people have been hospitalized from violence since early June.
January 17, 1990
1. Parliament in Baltic republic of Lithuania voted late last year to end the Communist Party's monopoly on political power. In December, the republic's Communist Party voted to break with the national party. Lithuania's Parliament also adopted a law allowing for referendum on independence. During historic visit to Lithuania last week, Soviet President Mikhail S.
May 4, 1990
Soviet soccer fans, angry about a game cancellation, rampaged through the town of Andizhan, Uzbekistan, about 2,500 miles southeast of Moscow, damaging more than 100 buildings including the Communist Party headquarters, Tass reported Thursday. The disturbance began when the club Pakhtakor Tashkent defaulted a game with the local team, Spartak. "Mobs of angry fans, many of them intoxicated, trooped into the streets, burning down or vandalizing 127 buildings," Tass said.
June 21, 1988 |
New clashes were reported Monday between Armenians and Azerbaijanis in the troubled southern Soviet republic of Armenia, despite government efforts to calm the ethnic tensions there. The government said that 16 people, half of them Armenians and half Azerbaijanis, were seriously injured in weekend fighting in Masis, a town of 10,000 people just southwest of Yerevan, the Armenian capital. The fighting started when gangs of Armenian youths allegedly attacked local Azerbaijani residents.