A senior Russian diplomat has refrained from drawing “direct parallels” between the situations in Crimea and such conflict zones in the post-Soviet territories as Karabakh and Transdniestria.
Talking to Interfax news agency, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Vasily Nebenzya said that there is an international format, the OSCE Minsk Group, that deals with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
May 2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Karabakh ceasefire when after nearly three years of fierce fighting guns finally stopped firing and people started talking.
The main international format advancing the negotiations is the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Its co-chairing nations are Russia, the United States and France.
The search for a lasting political settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is one of the most complex challenges in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) region, the organization said in its annual report for 2013.
Serviceman Arayik Babayan, 19, was shot dead Thursday afternoon while on combat duty on the Line of Contact between the armed forces of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan, the press service of the Karabakh Defense Ministry said.
The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan, Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev, spoke with each other on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit 2014, which was held in The Hague, the Netherlands, earlier this week.
United States co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick has spoken of ‘positive meetings’ that he had on Sunday with the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, Edward Nalbandian and Elmar Mammadyarov.
Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan has signed a decree awarding posthumously a Medal for Service in Battle to NKR Defense Army private Arman Ghukasyan for his bravery shown while defending the state border, the press service of the president reports.
Armenian revolutionary Stepan Shahumian’s headless mosaic greets visitors at the entrance to the Karabakh village of Sos. The head on the hero’s Soviet-era image was blown off by Azeri shelling more than 18 years ago, and there seem to be no plans for restoration.
Honoring heroes is a less urgent need than producing new ones. And with many of Karabakh’s 301 villages losing their youth to Karabakh cities or to other countries, concerns outgrow populations.
A veteran of the Karabakh war is holding two photographs in his hands – one has three little boys in it, the other three soldiers – arms around one another’s shoulder. At first there seems no connection, but after taking a closer look the resemblance becomes obvious – the same eyes, same faces and same expressions in the eyes, with only age and maturity showing the difference.
Not too long ago, would it seem possible that youth in Nagorno Karabakh would now be celebrating Halloween – dressing as ghouls and goblins and ghosts in this war-worn country?
This Halloween, they did.
And the simple – and yet astounding – act of self-expression is indicative of how one generation which may never outgrow the impact of war, has at least developed an outward world view and a spirit that embraces freedom.