Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.27
The ceasefire has been violated on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops in different positions 204 times a day, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said today.
The Armenian armed forces fired on positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces in the village of Agdam in the Azerbaijani Tovuz region from positions in the village of Agdam in the Armenian Berd region, according to the information.
Azerbaijani positions were also fired on from the nameless heights and positions located near Goradiz, Garakhanbayli, Gorgan, Ashagi Seidahmadli, Ashagi Veyselli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli in the Fizuli region, Marzili, Yusifjanli, Namirli and Bash Gervend in the Agdam region, Goyarh, Chilayburt in the Tartar region, Tapgaragoyunlu village in the Goranboy region, Kuropatkino village in the Khojavand region.
The shooting was countered by return fire.
The situation on the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops has been escalating. Armenian armed forces have violated the ceasefire status 380 times, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported earlier.
The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group expressed their deep concern over continued violence in the region, and stressed that recent incidents undermine negotiations and diminish the prospects for peace, the OSCE Minsk Group said following a meeting between Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers Elmar Mammadyarov and Edward Nalbandian in Paris.
Use of force will not resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said at press briefing on Friday.
"We have seen the reports and regret any loss of life anywhere, but certainly here as well," she said. "And our position remains that the use of force will not resolve this conflict. We call on all parties to refrain from the use or threat of force."
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 CN