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International relations

Nagorno-Karabakh war wounds still open a year after ceasefire

Armenians say small arms fire still the norm near Azerbaijan border

Armenian kids walk the dusty backstreets of Yeraskh. (Photo by Hugh Bohane)

YERASKH, Armenia -- It has been a year since the ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan was brokered by Russia after a 44-day war took place over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory in the south Caucasus.

While Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, it has been populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians. After the break-up of the Soviet Union, inter-ethnic clashes sprung up between the two sides in the 1990s, when secessionist ethnic Armenians -- historically the majority in Stepanekert, the heartland of the disputed region -- backed by Armenia took up arms and seized seven surrounding districts of Azerbaijan.

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