Jul 06, 2017
Central Asia

Renewed Conflict Flares in Another CIS War Zone

Back in the 1990s, the nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a war over a region called Nagorno-Karabakh. In 1994, a truce was arranged and a so-called “neutral zone” established between the two sides, yet in reality it was a frozen conflict—the roots of which lie in the collapse of the Soviet Union. Last April, armed conflict broke out with the worst fighting in many years, and the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe Minsk Group brokered another cease-fire. Then in December, another battle flared and three Armenian soldiers were killed. Strategic Forecasting published an analysis saying that Russia’s deep ties with Armenia will likely play a significant role in the region’s future. 

The Minsk Group was also involved in trying to bring peace to the conflict in Ukraine, but the cease-fire continues to be violated. Our concern is for our brothers and sisters in the evangelical churches of both nations—both for their safety and for the opportunities God grants them to proclaim peace and reconciliation through the Gospel. Please remember them in prayer.

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