Key Dates in Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict With PM-Soviet-Unrest, Bjt
MOSCOW (AP) _ Key developments in the Armenian-Azerbaijani dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh:
FEB. 28, 1988 - Twenty-six Armenians and six Azerbaijanis die in clashes in the Azerbaijani city of Sumgait that triggers an outbreak of unrest between the two ethnic groups.
JANUARY 1990 - After rioting against Armenians in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev sends Soviet troops to crush the uprising by Azerbaijani nationalists.
APRIL 1991 - Soviet army and Azerbaijani riot police deport the Armenian population of regions in Azerbaijan that lie between Nagorno-Karabakh and the Armenian border. This sparks fighting that leaves 60 dead, mostly Armenians.
SEPT. 8, 1991 - Azerbaijani leader Ayaz Mutalibov overwhelmingly wins presidency in one-candidate election after opposition says it’s unable to organize a campaign.
NOV. 20, 1991 - Peace efforts collapse when a helicopter transporting Azerbaijani and Russian personnel to Nagorno-Karabakh for negotiations crashes. Azerbaijan accuses Armenia for shooting it down.
NOV. 26, 1991 - Azerbaijan parliament votes unanimously to abolish Nagorno- Karabakh’s autonomous status.
SEPT. 25-26 - Armenian troops attack the predominantly Azerbaijani town of Khodzhaly in Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijani authorities say at least 1,000 people are killed, although Armenia says that death toll is exaggerated.
FRIDAY - Mutalibov, facing increasing pressure to escalate the conflict with Armenia, resigns.