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Baku and Yerevan in the firing line

2012-01-17 21:01

Baku and Yerevan in the firing line. 26104.jpeg

Toward the close of his presidency, Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev will make a final attempt to achieve a breakthrough in Armenian-Azerbaijani relations. In late January, another meeting between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan mediated by Russia will be held. And while the presidents are consulting in high offices, the firing continues on the front lines. International mediators called the events in Nagorno-Karabakh "isolated cases of ceasefire violation", the locals - a sniper war. So who shot first - Baku or Yerevan?

Neither aircrafts nor trains would bring you here, and the roads lead to nowhere. This is the line of contact between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces, and in fact - the border between Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh. The most complex local conflict in Eurasia and the blank wall between the two territories and two peoples. There is no cases of border crossing by civilians and not civilians, all contacts are made only under international mediation in rare cases. Since the 1994 the armistice was concluded, stopping the bloody war that costed tens of thousands of lives, it was seventeen years ago. "Exclusion Zone" is sometimes similar to a territory where a nuclear bomb fell - silence and solitude. But in fact the news from there come regularly and almost always the same content - another firing.

Sniper war, as they call what is happening in Armenia and Georgia, never ends. It has taken thousands of lives. Armenian and Azeri media, announcing the new victims of this war, always blame the enemy. But both sides are guilty. GTimes talked with representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan, hoping to get an answer to the question: who's first?

Of course, those who live in close proximity to the border are concerned about what is happening most of all. At the end of last year, several NGOs of Nagorno-Karabakh appealed to the OSCE on the situation at the border. Of course, in this appeal, all the blame rests on the Azerbaijani side. According to representatives of the civil sector of Nagorno-Karabakh, sniper war quite satisfied the official Baku.

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