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Azerbaijan, Armenia: Baku Wants Washington More Involved in Karabakh Talks

During recent clashes at two locations along the ceasefire line, Azerbaijan says six of its soldiers were killed, and Armenia says it lost four soldiers. (Photo: Justyna Mielnikiewicz)

Did Armenia and Azerbaijan make war in early June to promote peace? Some analysts believe the recent sharp escalation of violence along the Nagorno-Karabakh contact line was specifically intended to get international mediators’ attention.

Political experts in both countries say US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s June 4-6 visit to the South Caucasus was the catalyst for the bloodiest fighting around Karabakh in recent memory. Azerbaijan claimed to lose six soldiers and Armenia four. The two countries signed a ceasefire in 1994, ending six years of conflict over the Karabakh enclave. The two armies have continued to snipe at each other for the past two decades, as negotiations on a lasting political settlement remain stalemated.

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Shahin Abbasov is a freelance reporter based in Baku. Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance reporter in Yerevan and the editor of MediaLab.am.

Azerbaijan, Armenia: Baku Wants Washington More Involved in Karabakh Talks

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