‘Sporadic Fighting’ Reported as Ceasefire Takes Hold in Nagorno-Karabakh

Situation Remains Unresolved

Locals reported “sporadic firing” in the Nagorno-Karabakh region today, but no major fighting after Armenian and Azerbaijan officials agreed to a joint ceasefire, which seems to be ending the fighting in the territory for now.

Nagorno-Karabakh has been disputed between Armenians and Azeris for a century now. The UN recognizes the territory as Azerbaijan’s, but the de facto autonomous government is Armenia-backed. The two sides have fought several wars over the issue.

This latest fighting, which spanned the weekend and Monday, was the first major dust-up since 1994. Both sides continue to accuse the other of starting it, and dozens of people were killed in the fighting.

The ceasefire is being welcomed by a number of nations, but the situation remains,as ever, unresolved, leaving open the possibility that another war could break out at any moment, on any pretext.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.