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No deal over Nagorno-Karabakh

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Armenia and Azerbaijan have failed to reach an agreement on the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabkh. Talks held in Kazan in Russia and hosted by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday, ended with neither side agreeing to a 14 point framework document called the Basic Principles. President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and Armenian President, Serzh Sarksyan said they had agreed on many issues that could lead to approving the Basic Principles.

Modern-day arguments over the area stem from Stalin’s decision to put it under Azerbaijan’s control in 1923.

As the Soviet Union started to unravel, a three year war broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh in 1991. The conflict killed roughly 30,000 people and about a million people fled their homes, as Armenian-backed forces took control.

Both sides are under international pressure from the likes of the US and France to adopt the Basic Principles and hold peace talks.