What does a national border mean for a man and his cows on the quest for better grazing land? That's the question that, in the run-up to next week's OSCE meeting in Dublin, illustrates both the absurdities and the dangers of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict for both Azerbaijan and Armenia.
That said, village folk in the South Caucasus often tend simply to ignore or to be ignorant of the region's many de-jure and de-facto borders.
Scavenging for cross-border herbage has caused trouble before. Last year, in neighboring Georgia, South Ossetian and/or Russian soldiers arrested four Georgians, and shot and wounded two others, who had wandered into breakaway, Russian-guarded South Ossetia to pick greenery for a pickling project.