Armenia attracts civilians to combat duty, Azerbaijani officer says

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 10

Trend:

The Armenian side attracts civilians to a combat duty, chief of the staff of one of the military units of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, stationed in Tovuz region, told Trend on Aug. 9.

"The Armenian armed forces attracted civilians to a combat duty due to a lack of servicemen," he added. "This service is paid."

The representative added that the positions of the Azerbaijani armed forces are shelled during the day. But they are intensively shelled from large-caliber weapons in the evening and at night.

"The Azerbaijani positions located in the Alibayli village of Tovuz region are often shelled," he said. The Armenian armed forces get adequate repulse.

Armenian armed forces launched a diversion on the night of July 31-August 1, when reconnaissance and sabotage groups tried to cross the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops through the territories of Aghdam and Terter regions.

Armenia's reconnaissance and sabotage group attacked the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces in the direction of Azerbaijan's Aghdam and Agdere regions on the night of August 1-2. Azerbaijan managed to locate the group and the sabotage attempt was prevented.

During the recent 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.

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