Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17
Armenian Armed Forces broke ceasefire with Azerbaijani side in numerous directions 28 times over the past day, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on April 17.
The armed forces of Armenia, located in the village of Berkaber of Armenia's Ijevan region, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces located in the village of Gizilhajili of Gazakh region last night.
The armed forces of Azerbaijan, located in the village of Alibeyli of Tovuz region and Gaymagli of Gazakh region, went under fire by the Armenian armed forces located in the villages of Mosesgerh and Aygepar of Armenia's Berd region.
At the same time, the Azerbaijani positions took fire from the positions located near the villages of Gorgan, Horadiz of Fizuli region, Sarijali, Novruzlu, Yusifjanli of Aghdam, Chilaburt of Terter, Mehdili of Jabrayil, Kuropatkino of Khojavend and Tapgaragoyunlu of Goranboy region.
The Azerbaijani Armed forces silenced the opposing side with return fire.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries 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: S.I.