Armenian city mayor hits mine in occupied territories of Azerbaijan

Photo: Armenian city mayor hits mine in occupied territories of Azerbaijan / Nagorno-karabakh conflict

Three people were injured in a mine explosion in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. All of them were transported by a helicopter to the Erebuni medical center in Yerevan, Armenpress reported on July 22.

"The car hit a mine while moving through a mined area," the ministry said. "One of the four passengers died on the spot, while three others, including mayor of Armavir Ruben Khlghatyan, were transported by a helicopter to Yerevan, according to the preliminary data."

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.

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