Tensions near the border monastery of David Gareji (called Keshikchidagh by Azeries) between Azerbaijan and Georgia have been high these past few days and have seen statements reflecting that from Azerbaijan’s State Border Service and Georgian media. The incident apparently started as news emerged of Georgian activists possibly seeking toContinue Reading

A rare incident has taken place on the Azerbaijan-Georgia border, in which an ethnic Azeri shepherd from Georgia, Ramin Bakirov, was shot in the head and critically wounded by Azeri border guards from the State Border Service (SBS). Different versions of the incident circulated on Georgian and Azeri media, allContinue Reading

Trilateral military exercises are being conducted in Azerbaijan, between units of the latter’s, as well as Georgia’s and Turkey’s armed forces. The exercises are aimed at strengthening cooperation and establishing homogeneous defence and security procedures for the protection of three major infrastructure projects spanning the three countries: the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oilContinue Reading

Recent changes on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan bring to light a new development. Between December 2018 and April 2018, military positions from both sides were extended, in one case apparently into Georgian territory,  and modified highlighting the ongoing tension between the two states. Location of border outpost modificationsContinue Reading

In the statement, Azerbaijan’s State Border Service (SBS) mentioned that Armenian troops stationed at at outposts near the village of Zorakan fired on Azeri positions near the the village of Ikikji Sikhli, wounding an Azeri border guard.  Azeri officials stated that heavy machine guns were fired on their positions, promptingContinue Reading

Today, the Defence ministers of Azerbaijan(Zakir Hasanov), Georgia (Levan Izoriya) and Turkey (Hulusi Akar) met for trilateral talks in at the Heydar Aliyev Conference Hall in the city of Gabala, Azerbaijan.  The three discussed issues on regional security, NATO, trilateral military cooperation. In his speech, Turkish minister Hulusi Akar highlightedContinue Reading

The continuation of events surrounding the Azerbaijan-Georgia border dispute have yet to die down. The dispute is focused on a monastery, called David Gareja by the Georgians and  Keshikchidagh by the Azeris. Georgia’s Independence day holiday on 27 May will be marked by activist visits to the monastery, as wellContinue Reading

Source: “Activists, Local Residents Rally in David Gareji Monastery”, CIVIL.GE, 06 MAY 2019   *all opinions expressed are those of the original author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or stance of Nagorno Karabakh Observer.    Several hundred civic activists and local residents gathered in the premises of David Gareji MonasteryContinue Reading

Earlier this week, Georgian officials accused Azeri border guards of closing access to the David Gareja monastery complex. The monastery lies on the border between the two countries and has been subject to an almost three-decades-long spat between the two sides to delimite the border. On the previous day, onContinue Reading