Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and the Caucasus

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Central Asia and the Caucasus

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July 17: The Moscow-based news agency ITAR-- TASS reported that Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze had arrived in London, for a meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook. [7/19 FBIS]

July 18: The Moscow-based Interfax news agency reported that as a gesture of good faith, Armenia had turned over to Azerbaijan six prisoners of war, four of whom had been held in Nagorno-Karabakh. [7/9 FBIS]

Aug. 3: The Yerevan-based Snark news agency reported that Samuel Babayan, former Defense Minister of Nagorno-Karabakh, had retracted his testimony regarding the 22 March assassination attempt on leader Arkadiy Gukasian. [8/4 FBIS]

Aug. 4: ITAR-TASS reported that in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, assailants had stabbed to death two people, among whom was Brosh Elzar, attache of the Israeli Embassy in Kazakhstan. [8/7 FBIS]

Aug. 5: Interfax reported that in Pankisi Gorge, in Georgia, three International Red Cross employees had been kidnapped. [8/6 NYT, 8/7 FBIS]

Aug. 10: In Beidaihe, China, Georgian Parliament Speaker Zurab Zhvania met with the Chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC), Li Peng, to discuss bilateral relations between China and Georgia. [8/14 FBIS]

Aug. 11: Interfax reported that in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Interior Minister Zakir Almatov had told a meeting that nearly 70 "terrorists" had attempted to enter the Surkhandarya region, bordering Tajikistan. [9/13 FBIS]

Aug. 13: In Pankisi Gorge, kidnappers released the three Red Cross employees. [8/14 NYT, WSJ, FBIS]

Aug. 16: Sources in the Uzbekistani Defense Ministry reported that in Surkhandarya, in clashes with "international terrorists," twelve Uzbekistani servicemen had been killed. [8/17 FBIS]

Aug. 18: ITAR-TASS reported that in Yalta, Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Tajikistani President Emomali Rakhmanov had convened a summit of Central Asian states to discuss issues of common concern in the region. …

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