Lives of wounded Azerbaijani servicemen not in danger, Defense Ministry says

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 6

By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

The lives of Azerbaijani servicemen wounded while repelling the attacks of Armenia's reconnaissance and sabotage groups and as a result of sabotages by Armenians on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian armies, are not in danger, head of the Main Medical Department of Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, Major General of the medical service, Natig Aliyev said.

He made the remarks in his interview with the Azərbaycan Ordusu newspaper.

He stressed that Azerbaijan is in a state of war and the enemy systematically violate the cease-fire.

"Armenia's reconnaissance and sabotage groups attempted to attack the Azerbaijani positions last week and as always meet with a fitting rebuff. As directed by the Defense Minister Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, a professional team of doctors was sent to the region to render first-aid assistance to the wounded," Aliyev said.

"The wounded are receiving intensive medical treatment in the Main Clinical Hospital and feeling good. I would like to assure the public that their lives are not in danger. I'd like to emphasize that the dead are those who suffered irreparable injuries. We did not have any loss on-site or during the evacuation of the wounded," he added.

During the last days, Azerbaijani positions have been constantly under attack, and 13 servicemen have been killed, several more were wounded. Armenian side suffered more losses while trying to hide this fact from the public.

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

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