Saturday, July 08, 2006
Sometimes the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh can be even more acrimonious than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the latest round of accusations, Azerbaijan is accusing Armenia of setting wildfires as a way of destroying Azeri cultural sites. Armenia, meanwhile, insists the fires are natural, though they add that Azeri forces firing into the area also contribute. Meanwhile, at the negotiating table, the co-chairs of something called the Minsk Group, which seems to be this dispute's equivalent of the Quartet, announced the parameters of a solution to the conflict. The peace process in the region had been kept secret on the theory it would make for less posturing, though critics allege leaders aren't doing the work necessary to prepare public opinion for eventual concessions.