One of the soldiers' mothers said that for several days she had no news from her son, whom she then found in the "Stepanakert
" military police,Trendreports with reference to Armenian media.
THE CPFA (Political Centre for Foreign Affairs- Brussels) organised, in collaboration with the Presidency of Armenia, an International Conference in Stepanakert
for the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Liberation of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).
The official border crossing for foreigners was further south, on the road between Goris in Armenia and the Karabakh capital of Stepanakert
. We had taken a different route into the region, wanting to explore the buffer zone that was the cause of so much conflict.
. On 18 April Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan together with philanthropist
Khojaly is an Azerbaijani town strategically located on the Agdam - Shusha and Hankendi (Stepanakert
) - Askeran roads in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
Recently, the Nagorno-Karabakh authorities threatened to re-open an airport in the self-declared republic's capital of Stepanakert
, attracting sharp criticism from Azerbaijani officials.
The republic with a population of about 140,000 and whose capital is Stepanakert
declared independence shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union and controls more than 10 percent of what is deemed Azerbaijan territory.
The escalation in 2008 was also ensuing from Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008, which was immediately recognized by Western powers and welcomed in Stepanakert
. The Kosovo model led to fears in Baku that an unwanted precedent had been set: the statehood recognition of an autonomous province against the will of its parent state.
But away from the frontline, in the region's quiet little capital, Stepanakert
, there is a greater feeling of security.
The next interruption occurred when I mentioned nay travels to Nagorno Karabakh's capital city, Stepanakert
. As soon as I said the word, a low grumble came from my audience, hands shot up and another student rose to admonish me.
On a hill overlooking the capital, Stepanakert
, is the massive two-headed statue "Papik-Tatik" or "Grandfather-Grandmother" that has since become a symbol of the conflict.