International mediators brokering a solution to the protracted Nagorno-Karabakh dispute believe that the parties to the conflict are ready to observe the ceasefire that was tentatively reached after several days of intense fighting earlier this week.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group Co-Chairs will visit the region next week, French Ambassador to Armenia Jean-François Charlespentier has told reporters in Yerevan.
An eccentric Russian businessman who had become one of the first Soviet multimillionaires appears to have relocated to and settled down in Nagorno-Karabakh along with his family after reportedly fleeing Russia because of problems with local authorities.
German Sterligov, 48, has written on his personal page on popular Russian social media platform, Vkontakte, that he will explain his decision at a news conference in Karabakh soon.
The more weapons are stocked by the sides to enhance their positions in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the more of a challenge it will present to the possibility of signing a peace agreement in the near future, a military expert says.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan has black-listed prominent Russian opera singer Lyubov Kazarnovskaya because of her recent visit to Nagorno-Karabakh, a de-facto independent region that Baku still considers to be Azerbaijani territory.
The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on the Karabakh settlement are going to visit the region again in the near future to negotiate a meeting of the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan. This has been announced by United States Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Secuta and US Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick.
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.