• New fighting flares over Nagorno-Karabakh as Aliyev warns against Russian involvement
    BAKU, October 25 (Reuters): New fighting erupted between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces on Sunday over the mountainous enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh as both sides blamed each other for blocking a peaceful settlement to the conflict. Armenia accused Azeri forces of shelling civilian settlements. Baku denied killing civilians and said it was ready to implement a ceasefire, provided that Armenian forces withdrew from the battlefield. The weekend's clashes in and around
  • 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
  • Fighting and recriminations shake Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire hopes
    BAKU/YEREVAN, October 19 (Reuters): A new ceasefire in the mountain territory of Nagorno-Karabakh was in jeopardy on Monday with Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces reporting shelling and heavy fighting. Among accusations on both sides, Azerbaijan said it had "neutralised" a missile fired by Armenian forces at an oil pipeline in Azerbaijan on Sunday, several hours after the ceasefire went into force. Armenia denied firing it. The ceasefire was agreed on Saturday
  • 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
  • Azerbaijan wants Turkey part of future Caucasus peace process
    ANKARA/MOSCOW, October 5 (Reuters): Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev said in an interview Monday on the Turkish state broadcaster that Turkey must be involved in the peace process for the Nagorno-Karabakh region after a potential future ceasefire. "Turkey must definitely be in any upcoming peace process. A peace process will surely be started. Clashes cannot go on forever, so the sooner the better," Aliyev said on TRT Haber. Armenia and Azerbaijan accus
  • 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
  • Russia and France seek end to fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh
    BAKU/YEREVAN, October 1 (Reuters): Russia and France stepped up calls for a ceasefire between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces on Thursday as the death toll rose in the heaviest clashes around the Nagorno-Karabakh region since the 1990s. The Kremlin said President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron had discussed steps that the Organization for Security and Co-operation's (OSCE) Minsk group, which mediates in the conflict, could take to end the fighting
  • Tensions mount as Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces fight for fourth day
    YERVAN/BAKU, September 30 (Reuters): NATO allies France and Turkey traded angry recriminations on Wednesday as international tensions mounted over the fiercest clashes between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces since the mid-1990s. On the fourth day of fighting, Azerbaijan and the ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh accused each other of shelling along the line of contact that divides them. Dozens have been reported killed and hundreds wounded in fighting since Su
  • 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