Baku, Azerbaijan, March 3
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
Armenian Armed Forces violated ceasefire on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops in different positions 23 times on March 2, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on March 3.
Armenian Armed Forces fired on the position of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces located in the villages of Gizilhajili and Ashagi Eskipara of Gazakh region from the positions located in the villages of Aygepar, Berkaber, Ijevan and Voskepar of Armenia's Noyemberyan region last night.
At the same time, the Azerbaijani positions were fired on from the positions located near the villages of Horadiz, Garakhanbeyli, Gorgan of Fizuli, Shuraabad, Kengerli, Aghdam, Mehdili of Cabrayil and Gulustan of Goranboy 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 L.Z.
Edited by C.N.