3:50 pm - Saturday February 18, 4992

Region profile


Location:Southwest part of Azerbaijan (had no common border with Armenia)

 Territory:4, 400 square km (1700 sq miles)

The Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan is part of the geographical area called Garabagh (Qarabağ). The name of this part of the country consists of two Azerbaijani words: “qara” (black) and “bağ” (garden).  This area covers the lands from the Araz River in the south to the Kur River in the north, and from junction of the Kur and Araz Rivers in the east to the eastern ranges of the Lesser Caucasus in the west.



  • At present: estimated to be around 100,000-160,000
  • Before the conflict: 185,000 (1989)

National composition

  • At present: 100% Armenian
  • Before the conflict: 75% Armenian, 25% Azeri (1989)




-Armenia:229,000 (by other reports 300,000-400,000)

 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s)

 -Azerbaijan (“mainland”): 650,000+

-Armenia:almost none

-Armenians in Mountainous Karabakh: approximately 15,000

-Nakhichevan AR of Azerbaijan: almost none

 Losses from both sides during the conflict


Other impacts:

–ethnic cleansing committed against Azeris in Armenia and in the occupied 20 % of Azerbaijan;

–partial ethnic cleansing against the Armenian population in the rest of Azerbaijan;

–billions of dollars of economic damage resulting from war destruction, embargo policies,

–environmental pollution etc. to both countries.

Filed in: Karabakh in Brief