: 20 years of war in Nagorno-Karabakh
Politics16:37 May. 5, 2016

20 years of war in Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenia and Azerbaijan keep fighting for region without any sign for compromise 

It's been almost a week since the guns went silent in Nagorno-Karabakh, a separatist-controlled area in western Azerbaijan. The recent spike in violence between that country and Armenia took the lives of dozens of people who lived in the region. At the end of April, the sides agreed to a fragile ceasefire. However, both Yerevan and Baku have claimed, the fighting could resume at any time if their conditions are not met.

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The conditions are simple - control over the region. Azerbaijan considers these territories its own. Armenia, in turn, insists the so-called republic must be independent. The country has supplied the local combatants, who are ethnic Armenians, both arms, and money. Yerevan has also stationed its army near the contact line. And it only adds fuel to the fire.

This village Gapanly is only 200 metres away from the contact line. Destroyed buildings and sounds of battles are nothing new to the local citizens. The war has been going on here for almost 20 years since the Soviet Union fell apart. And another bomb could land in the village at any minute.

Abbas Abbasov, Gapanly resident: "Just recently they went at it again. I can't recall a shelling this intense. 200 bombs landed in our village. I was in the kitchen when a projectile hit our house. God, it was so scary".

Just like the Donbas conflict in Ukraine, the status of Nagorno-Karabakh is discussed by the Contact Group in Minsk. The negotiations have been going on for years now. But the way out of this problem still seems unreachable. Just recently Armenian government has approved a bill on the recognition of the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh republic. A decision which can hardly lead to a peaceful solution to the conflict.

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