Border skirmishes between Azerbaijan and Armenia

News reports are indicating that five Azeri soldiers and three Armenia soldiers have been killed in the past two days as border skirmishes over Nagorno-Karabakh reignite. Further gunfire exchanges reportedly continued Tuesday night, though no casualties had been reported at the time of writing. Both sides have blamed each other for starting the skirmishes.

Azerbaijan has directly linked the gunfire battles to the visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who states that violence will not solve the conflict.

“While I had only just learned of these incidents, I am very concerned about the danger of escalation of tensions and the senseless deaths of young soldiers and innocent civilians,” said Mrs. Clinton, according to a State Department transcript. “The use of force will not resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and therefore force must not be used. And we are calling on everyone to renounce force as well as refraining from violence.”

The two countries disputed the sovereignty of  Nagorno-Karabakh since the late 80s, and war broke out in 1991. The ethnically Armenian majority attempted to break away from Azerbaijan in 1988, and the conflict has been ongoing since. The resulting conflict left approximately 30,000 dead and 1 million displaced, mostly in Azerbaijan.

Further information on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

[Update] As pointed out, the blog post does not cover skirmishes that occurred previously, rather focusing on the most recent bout of shooting. From Western Media, the Wall St. Journal covers the recent conflicts here. Armenian media discusses the clashes here, and Azeri media here.

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5 comments

  1. You forgot to mention that the skirmishes occurred last month as well, leaving another 3 dead Armenians. Furthermore, it wasn’t on the karabakh border but the Armenia Proper border NW of the country…

    1. Thanks Tamar! Actually, the blog is not quite live yet, we’re doing a test run to look at formatting/layout/etc and posted this to get an idea of how it would look with a sample story to send out to potential contributors. I didn’t realize it’d get quite so many views so quickly. I better update to something more comprehensive! 🙂

      1. It looks good! If you need facts from an Armenian point of view, I’d be more than happy to provide! Good luck!

      2. Thanks Tamar! Any blogs or Armenian news sources you think we absolutely need to include on our Armenia page?

      3. http://armenia.im/ and and Armenian observer which I can’t find at the moment 😛

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