Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 24
An Armenian sabotage and intelligence group attempted to cross the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops in the direction of the Tartar region between the settlements of Qapali and Seysulan today, Friday at 6:00, the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry reported today.
The Armenians attempt was suppressed due to the vigilance of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. After a fierce firefight, the Armenian units were forced to retreat.
The orders and commands overheard during the Armenians' retreat were not only in the Armenian language, according to observations of servicemen of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces on the frontline.
The Defence Ministry reported that the Armenian armed forces violate the ceasefire status in different directions 93 times per day.
The Armenian armed forces fired on positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces located in the village of Gizilhajili in the Gazakh region and Kohnegishlig in the Agstafa region from positions in the villages of Berkaber, Vazashen and Parakavar in Armenia's Ijevan region last night.
Moreover, the Azerbaijani positions were fired on from the positions located near the villages of Goradiz, Gorgan, Ashagi Seidahmadli, Ashagi Veyselli and Ashagi Abdurrahmanli in the Fizuli region, the villages of Marzili, Yusifjanli, Shihlar and Shuraabad in the Agdam region, Chilaburt and Gizil Oba in the Tartar region, the village of Tapgaragoyunlu in the Goranboy region, Kuropatkino in the Khojavand region and Mehtili village in the Jabrayil region.
The shooting was countered by return fire.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Translated by NH
Edited by SM