Baku, Azerbaijan, June 28
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
Over the past 24 hours, the ceasefire on the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops was violated 60 times on various sectors of the frontline, the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said on June 28.
Armenian armed units located in the villages of Vazashen, Berkaber and Paravkar of Armenia's Ijevan District opened fire at Azerbaijani soldiers stationed on the nameless heights and in Gazakh District's Gizilhajili village and Agstafa District's Kohnegishlag village.
Azerbaijani soldiers also came under fire from Armenians' positions on the nameless heights and near the villages of Horadiz, Garakhanbayli, Gorgan, Ashagi Veysalli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli of Fizuli District, villages of Shikhlar, Kangarli, Marzili, Bash Garvand of Agdam District, Mehdili village of Jabrail District, and Tapgaragoyunlu village of Goranboy District.
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.
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