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Rise in violence along Armenian-Azerbaijani border

(31 July 2014)

Representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group, including Ambassadors Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, James Warlick of the US, and Pierre Andrieu of France, last week expressed public concern over rising levels of violence along the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. They called on the Foreign Ministers of both countries to avoid the targeted killings of civilians along the Line of Contact that have increased in recent months. For over 26 years, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been engaged in a border dispute regarding the Armenian-majority region of Nagorno-Karabakh located inside Azerbaijan. From 1988 to 1994, the two countries were at war. A ceasefire in May 1994 was followed by both sides agreeing to mediation through the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group. Frequent ceasefire violations and clashes involving the deaths of border guards and civilians have assured that relations between the two countries remain tense. OSCE Minsk Group representatives called for renewed discussion between Armenia and Azerbaijan and a possible Presidential Summit to deescalate border tensions. Sources: “Press release by OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs,” 23 July 2014, OSCE,

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