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Armenian soldiers patrol on a tank near the village of Madaghis in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
Armenian soldiers patrol on a tank near the village of Madaghis in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

Armenia to vote on recognizing independence of Nagorno-Karabakh

YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia’s government has given the go-ahead for the country’s parliament to vote on recognizing the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh, a separatist enclave that is officially part of neighbouring Azerbaijan.

The government on Thursday approved the opposition initiative, opening the way for a parliamentary vote next week. There have been previous attempts to schedule such a vote, but this is the first one to gain the necessary government approval.

Azerbaijan condemned the initiative, which it said was aimed at scuttling international peace talks.

Nagorno-Karabakh has been under the control of local ethnic Armenian forces and the Armenian military since a 1994 cease-fire ended the separatist conflict, which killed about 30,000 people. But clashes have persisted and last month fighting broke out on a scale not seen in decades.

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