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Assembly Calls For UN To Aid With Karabakh Fires

(RFE/RL) September 8, 2006 -- The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling for the UN to help prevent environmental damage from fires in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Azerbaijani UN Ambassador Yashar Aliyev introduced the draft resolution, saying that in early June Azerbaijan registered massive fires in the eastern part of the territory occupied by Armenia, and by August the fire had damaged more than 600 square kilometers.

Armenia disassociated itself from the resolution and expressed concern at its title, "the situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan."

The mountainous territory in Azerbaijan has been controlled, along with some surrounding areas, by ethnic Armenian forces since 1994.


A Precarious Balance

A Precarious Balance

Richard Giragosian at RFE/RL on May 25 (RFE/RL)

SECURITY SLIPPING AWAY?: On May 25, RFE/RL's Prague broadcasting center hosted a talk by RICHARD GIRAGOSIAN titled, "The Military Balance In The South Caucasus And Nagorno-Karabakh." Giragosian, a Washington-based analyst of international relations in the former Soviet Union, concentrated on the military balance between Armenia and Azerbaijan as the two countries continue to increase defense spending. Girogosian argued that corruption is the main threat to the national security of both countries. He also commented on other security issues in the South Caucasus, Iran, elsewhere.


Listen to the entire briefing (about 60 minutes):
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Selected Articles By Richard Giragosian:

Nagorno-Karabakh: Peace May Depend On Military Situation

Georgia: Gas Cutoff Highlights National Security Flaws

Azerbaijan: Has Government Taken A Troubling Example From Andijon?


For an archive of RFE/RL's coverage of Nagorno-Karabakh, click here.


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