Politics and Security Hold Each Other Hostage in Nagorno-Karabakh

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This week’s meeting between Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s foreign ministers is likely to centre on security issues, including numbers of international observers in Nagorno-Karabakh.

But frustration with the peace process will grow unless both foreign ministers address the critical political aspects of a future settlement.

Sniper fire can hit almost every open-air spot in Nerkin Karmiraghbyur, an Armenian village in the Tavush region on the border with Azerbaijan.

Kauj 1aNargiza, who runs a well-stocked shop out of an abandoned railway coach in the village centre, laments the locals’ fate:

“We never feel safe. We hear shooting at night, and fear it during the day. My neighbours have stopped cultivating their vineyards. They were being…

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