• Armenian leader sees no quick diplomatic solution in Nagorno-Karabakh
    YEREVAN/BAKU, October 21 (Reuters): Armenia's prime minister said on Wednesday he saw no possibility of a diplomatic solution at this stage in the conflict with Azerbaijan over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. His comments, after Azerbaijan's president said he believed the conflict could be solved militarily, increased doubts over a diplomatic push by major powers to bring peace to the South Caucasus region. In the latest flare-up of the decades-old conflict, hun
  • Armenia and Azerbaijan agree new Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire
    BAKU/YEREVAN, October 18 (Reuters): Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on Saturday to a new humanitarian ceasefire from midnight (2000 GMT) in fighting over Azerbaijan's ethnic Armenian-controlled enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, both countries said in identical statements. Azerbaijan and Armenia had accused each other earlier on Saturday of fresh attacks in violation of a week-old Russian-brokered truce that had failed to halt the worst fighting in the South Caucasus since the
  • Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire hopes sink as warring sides bicker and fight
    BAKU/YEREVAN, October 15 (Reuters): Hopes of a humanitarian ceasefire ending fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh sank on Thursday as the death toll mounted and Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of launching new attacks. Azerbaijan's president said his country's armed forces would take control of all regions surrounding the breakaway mountain territory if Armenia continued to "act negatively". Armenia accused Azerbaijan's ally, Turkey, of not allowing
  • Death toll rises as Azeris, Armenians say civilian areas are under fire
    EREVAN/BAKU, October 5 (Reuters):  Azerbaijan and Armenia accused each other on Monday of attacking civilian areas and said the death toll was rising from the deadliest fighting in the South Caucasus for more than 25 years. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg added his voice to calls for an immediate end to the clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountain enclave that belongs to Azerbaijan under international law but is populated and governed by ethnic Armenians. But prospects for
  • Armenians, Azeris accuse each other of striking civilian areas
    YEREVAN/BAKU, October 5 (Reuters): Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other on Monday of attacking civilian areas on a ninth day of fighting, the deadliest in the South Caucasus region for more than 25 years. Hundreds of people have been killed in the latest outbreak of war over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountain enclave that belongs to Azerbaijan under international law but is populated and governed by ethnic Armenians. Nagorno-Karabakh said Azeri forces launched rocket str
  • Azerbaijan says Armenia attacks city, threatens retaliation
    BAKU/YEREVAN, October 4 (Reuters): Azerbaijan said on Sunday that Armenian forces had fired rockets at its second city of Ganja, killing one civilian and wounding four, and threatened to retaliate by destroying military targets inside Armenia. The developments marked a sharp escalation of the war in the South Caucasus that broke out one week ago. Until now, the main fighting has been between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan, but i
  • Armenian, Azeri forces clash again, at least 21 reported killed
    YEREVAN/BAKU, SEPTEMBER 28 (Reuters): Armenian and Azeri forces exchanged fierce fire for a second day on Monday over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, with the sides accusing each other of using heavy artillery amid reports of at least 21 deaths and hundreds of people being wounded. The clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the heaviest since 2016, have rekindled concern over stability in the South Caucasus region, a corridor for pipelines carrying oil and gas to world
  • Turkey's Erdogan calls on Armenians to stand against leadership amid clashes with Azerbaijan
    ANKARA, September 27 (Reuters): Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday called on Armenia's people to take hold of their future against "leadership that is dragging them to catastrophe and those using it like puppets", following clashes between Armenian and Azeri forces over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenia on Sunday declared martial law and mobilised its male population after the clashes. Turkey has condemned Armenia for what it said were prov
  • Pope calls for negotiations over Caucasus flare-up
    VATICAN CITY, September 27 (Reuters): Pope Francis appealed to Armenia and Azerbaijan on Sunday to resolve their differences through negotiations following clashes over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region. "I pray for peace in the Caucasus and ask the parties in conflict to make concrete gestures of goodwill and brotherhood that can lead to the resolution of problems not with the use of force and weapons but through dialogue and negotiations," he said. Francis, w
  • Clashes erupt between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh
    YEREVAN/BAKU, September 27 (Reuters): Armenia declared martial law and mobilised its male population on Sunday after clashes with Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region in which sources on both sides reported fatalities. Authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh, a mainly ethnic Armenian region inside Azerbaijan which declared independence in 1991, also announced martial law and mobilised the male population after clashes which the two sides blamed on each other. A