STEPANAKERT, August 11. /ARKA/. An Armenian delegation headed by Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan toured Nagorno-Karabakh army’s command centers on Saturday as part of its visit to Nagorno Karabakh, the press office of the republic’s defense ministry reports.
The delegation was accompanied by Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Minister Movses Hakobyan while touring the command centers. They met the republic’s border troops and saw things on the border.
In late July and early August, raids from the Azerbaijani side became frequent. As a result, 25 Azerbaijani and six Nagorno-Karabakh servicemen have been killed.
Karabakh conflict broke out in 1988 when Karabakh, mainly populated by Armenians, declared its independence from Azerbaijan.
On December 10, 1991, a few days after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a referendum took place in Nagorno-Karabakh, and the majority of the population (99.89%) voted for secession from Azerbaijan.
Afterwards, large-scale military operations began. As a result, Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven regions adjacent to it.
Some 30,000 people were killed in this war and about one million people fled their homes. On May 12, 1994, the Bishkek cease-fire agreement put an end to the military operations.
Since 1992, talks brokered by OSCE Minsk Group are being held over peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is co-chaired by USA, Russia and France. -0---