Baku, Azerbaijan, July 8
Armenian armed forces violated the ceasefire on various parts of the frontline 33 times over the past 24 hours, according to a message from the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan.
Armenian armed units opened fire on Azerbaijani armed forces positions in the Aghdam village of Tovuz District from the positions located in the Berkaber village of Armenia's Ijevan District, the Gizilhajili village of Gazakh District and in the Chinari village of Berd District.
Azerbaijani soldiers also came under fire from Armenians' positions on the nameless heights and near the villages of Yusifjanli, Shikhlar, Bash Garvand, Kangarli of the Agdam District, the villages of Ashaghi Seyidahmadli, Garakhanbayli of the Fizuli District, the Kuropatkino village of Khojavand District and the village of Mehdili in the Jabrail 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.
Edited by CN