Baku, Azerbaijan, May 26
The ceasefire on the Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line has been broken 18 times in numerous directions last night, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on May 26.
The armed forces of Armenia, located in the village of Berkaber of Armenia's Noyemberyan region, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces, located in the village of Gizilhajili of Gazakh region, the report said.
At the same time, the Azerbaijani positions took fire from the positions located near the villages of Garakhanbeyli, Gorgan, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli of Fizuli, Yusifjanli of Aghdam, Chayli, Chilaburt of Terter, and at the nameless heights in the Khojavend region.
The opposing 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 S.I.