Baku, Azerbaijan, May 23
By Ilkin Izzet -Trend:
The ceasefire on the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops was violated 52 times in different directions yesterday, the Azerbaijani defense ministry said on May 23.
The armed forces of Armenia, located in the village of Berkaber of Armenia's Ijevan region, opened fire at the positions of the Azerbaijani armed forces in the village of Qizilhajili in the Qazakh region.
The armed forces of Armenia, located in the village of Mosesgeh of Armenia's Berd region, opened fire at the positions of the Azerbaijani armed forces in the village of Alibayli in the Tovuz region.
At the same time, Azerbaijani positions were fired at from positions in the nameless heights and near the villages of Qarakhanbayli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Veyselli of the Fizuli region, Yusifjanli, Shikhlar of the Aghdam region, Chilyaburt of the Terter region, Mehdili of the Jabrail region, Kuropatkino of the Khojavand region, Tapqaraqoyunlu of the Qoranboy region.
The Armenian side was silenced 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.
edited by CN