At this position, roughly 300 to 400 meters from the Azerbaijani lines, exchanges of gunfire are a daily occurrence, soldiers said. A seven-person unit that is refreshed every seven days mans the post. An Azerbaijani sniper recently killed a Karabakhi soldier not far from here.
"The constitution is not the answer to all our problems. The constitution is a chance," declared de facto President Arkady Ghoukassian at a December 11 press conference following the territory's adoption of the constitution. "Now that we've adopted a constitution, we have a much better chance to become a democratic country according to European standards . . .
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will not necessarily remain unresolved even if Armenia and Azerbaijan fail to hammer out a framework peace accord this year, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza told RFE/RL's Armenian Service on July 29.
In an interview with RFE/RL on June 22, the US official tasked with mediating peace talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave indicated he and fellow diplomats had done as much as they could to foster a peace agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Armenia and Azerbaijan seem prepared to make yet another attempt at settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The presidents of the two states are now tentatively scheduled to hold their second summit meeting of the year.
Earlier this year, with the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan meeting in the Paris suburb of Rambouillet, hopes were high that they could break the impasse over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh . The optimism, however, was unfounded as international mediators said that no substantial progress was made during the talks.
The lack of a breakthrough during the long-expected summit between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Robert Kocharian on Nagorno-Karabakh has flattened Azerbaijani hopes for a peaceful resolution to the 18-year-old territorial dispute, observers say.