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Clinton To Visit Baku Amid Azeri-Armenian Tensions

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to make a trip to Azerbaijan on June 6 on the final leg of her tour of South Caucasus countries.

Clinton is flying from Georgia's Black Sea resort of Batumi, where she urged President Mikheil Saakashvili on June 5 to hold free and fair parliamentary elections.

The visit to Azerbaijan comes after Armenia and Azerbaijan traded accusations of responsibility for deadly border incidents this week.

Five Azerbaijani soldiers were killed on June 5 in shoot-outs between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops near their border, a day after three Armenian soldiers were reported killed in a border skirmish.

Clinton, who visited Armenia on June 4, voiced concern that tensions over Nagorno-Karabakh, the ethnic Armenian separatist territory inside Azerbaijan, could lead to a "broader conflict."

Clinton is to visit Turkey on June 7.

Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax 
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by: RD
June 07, 2012 11:25
"Tensions could lead to broader conflict". It does not take a genius to figure that out. Question is, what is Secretatry Clinton going to do to ensure tensions do not lead to broader conflict, if anything? When you have an oil rich nation such as Azerbaijan spending over $3.2 billion dollars a year on its military, with sophisticated armament from Israel, it is not hard to believe to gather the hubris you can win a war.

by: Mike from: Miami
June 07, 2012 20:08
Truth is Karabakh's future depends not on Armenia or Azerbaijan but on Russia. In 1998 The president of Armenia, Levon Ter Petrosyan, wanted to return Karabakh to Azerbaijan. He made no significant request (not even autonomy for NK). The Kremlin used prime minister, Robert Kocharyan, to force Ter Petrosyan to step down. A year later, in 1999, Kocharyan agreed with Aliyev to return Karabakh to Azerbaijan under the condition of autonomy and corridor exchange. In the same year the Kremlin organized a shoot-out in the Armenian parlement, killing the new prime minister of the country. As you can see Armenia realizes the need to return Karabakh to Azerbaijan, but thr leadership pf Armenia has its hand tied by the Kremlin.
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by: RD
June 08, 2012 03:27
Mike, not sure if you ventured from Miami to NKR as I have many times. You are right to say that different powers may have different interests in the region, but one thing I noticed over and over again visiting NKR. The population may be poor and will little to live on monetarily. However, they have one thing that they never had under Azeri rule, they have hope for a better future and liberty. I have not spoken to a single Armenian in NKR who would like to go back to Azeri rule. Aliyev recently said all Armenians around the world are Azerbaijan's number one enemy. Well, the population in NKR is primarily Armenian. It was and still is. What does he intend to do with his enemy if he takes NKR over again? No one trusts him in NKR.

by: Jack from: US
June 07, 2012 20:57
the truth is, the border clashes started as soon as Hillary arrived. Is that coincidental? Was is coincidental that rump "republic of Georgia" dictator Saakashvilli launched attack on South Ossetia in 2008 immediately following visit by US Secretary of State Congolisa Rice? More and more to the point - US government is behind most conflicts and is the major supporter of terrorism
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by: Camel Anajack from: Kurdistan
June 07, 2012 21:58
Truth is ,whaco Jacko you are pis garmir shun and eshuzavag and if you dont have enough money to buy the relevant pills we will be happy to buy them for you,or as the oldest communist custom goes to steal it for you.Vonts es???
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by: William from: Aragon
June 08, 2012 00:35
The incident and the timing of the vist are most coincidental - almost suspicious - Jack. Both Obama and Clinton have been visiting other countries to try and sell arms in the hope of propping up US jobs in key electorates. An election is in the air. Shooting on the border certainly helps with the sales.

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