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Stories under this heading cover the South Caucasus – a region encompassing Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, as well as the unrecognised entities of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders prepare for their first meeting since the recent war

Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders prepare for their first meeting since the recent war

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev are expected to meet in Moscow next week together with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. This will be the first meeting between the two leaders since the recent war they fought with each other, and their 10 November agreement which brought it to an end.
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Georgia marks 88th birthday of Patriarch Ilya II

Georgia marks 88th birthday of Patriarch Ilya II

Ilya II is considered the most important unifying figure in Georgian society, and commands great respect throughout the country. Despite the fact that the Church in recent years has been embroiled in a number of scandals respect for the patriarch has remained very high.
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In the South Caucasus, the messages of the leaders for New Year could not have been more different

In the South Caucasus, the messages of the leaders for New Year could not have been more different

In the South Caucasus, the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia traditionally address their fellow citizens on new year's eve, summing up the year that is ending and welcoming the new year just before the stroke of midnight. It is an old Soviet tradition, that has lingered. This year the messages could not have been more different.