According to the latest ceasefire violation reports of the Nagorno Karabakh Ministry of Defence,  this last week (10-16 March 2019) around 250 violations were reported, with an approximate projectile count of 3.000. Besides the latter, on 13 March, official reports stated that between 10.35-11.15 hours,  nine  60 mm mortar roundsContinue Reading

A second border incident involving a shoot-out has taken place within two days of a similar incident on the border between Azerbaijan and Iran. According to official sources in Baku, the incident took place just after midnight on 12 March 2019, on a segment of the border near the villageContinue Reading

The OSCE mission to Nagorno Karabakh (NK) carried out a ceasefire violation monitoring mission along the southern segment of the line-of-contact with Azerbaijan, between the regions of Hadrut (NK) and Füzuli (Azerbaijan). Observing on the Azeri side were OSCE representatives Simon Tiller (UK) and Martin Schuster (Germany), while engaged onContinue Reading

On 12 March, the Defence Ministry of Nagorno Karabakh officially announced the death of an Armenian soldier at a military outpost on line-of-contact.  19-year-old Karen Karapetyan was found with a fatal gunshot wound, initial findings brought about evidence of murder. A fellow serviceman of Karapetyan was detained and a criminalContinue Reading

SOURCE: KALFAYAN, PHILLIPPE RAFFI “The Minsk Process: Behind the Words and Principles”, The Armenian Mirror-Spectator, 07 MAR 2019 *all opinions expressed are those of those of the original author.   The new Armenian government claims positive developments in the settlement process of the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, and officials offer smiling facesContinue Reading

An incident involving an exchange of fire took place on the border between Azerbaijan and Iran, near the village of Bala Bəhmənli, in the region of Fizuli. As a result, Azeri border guard Sekhavet Memmedov was killed and a second, Vidadi Jebrailov was injured in the arm. The incident isContinue Reading

Armenian officials have expressed their negative thoughts regarding the upcoming military exercises in Azerbaijan, which will include around 10.000 participants, 500 armoured vehicles, 300 artillery and 20 aviation units. The spokesperson for Armenia’s Defence Ministry, Artsrun Hovhannisyan, stated that  “Azerbaijan organised the 11-15 March military exercises in the context ofContinue Reading

Azerbaijan’s highest authority, president Ilham Aliyev, announced  the starting of large-scale military exercises between 11-15 March. The announcement can be found on the Defence Ministry’s official webpage, made on 08 March. The events involve 10.000 military personnel, 500 armoured vehicles (tanks, personnel carriers, etc. ), 300 artillery pieces (cannon-launched artillery,Continue Reading

Nagorno Karabakh’s Defence Minister Maj Gen Karen Abrahamyan received the OSCE’s Personal Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk . The official meeting took place on 08 March, a day after Kasprzyk’s meeting with the Azeri Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov. The two sides discussed recent developments along the line-of-contact and long-termContinue Reading

Azeri Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov had a series of meetings with high-level foreign officials over these past several days. The meetings were apparently aimed at furthering bilateral co-operation in the military and defence realms. On 06 March, minister Hasanov received the UK Defence Ministry’s director for International Security Policy, NickContinue Reading