Baku, Azerbaijan, July 19
By Ilhame Isabalayeva - Trend:
Over the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan 34 times in different locations of the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said on July 19.
Armenian soldiers stationed in the village of Berkaber of Armenia's Ijevan District, opened fire at Azerbaijani army's positions, located in the village of Gizilhajili of Gazakh District.
Azerbaijani armed forces' positions also came under fire from positions on the nameless heights and near the Horadiz and Ashagi Seyidahmadli villages of the Fizuli district, the Marzili and Yusifjanly villages of Aghdam district, the Chilebord and Gizil Oba villages of the Tartar district, the Tapgaragoyunlu village of Goranboy district and the Kuropatkino village of Khojavend 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 four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by S.I.
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