Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 4
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
The Armenian side's failure to provide accurate information about the losses suffered during the diversions committed by Armenians in the front zone, testifies to a terrible number of losses, Azerbaijani MP Musa Guliyev told Trend on Aug. 4.
He was commenting on the escalation of tension on the front line recently.
"The Armenians' diversions on the front line led to many more losses of the enemy," he said. "Of course, the attacking side suffers losses. Some soldiers are wounded and some retreat. Though Armenia is trying to hide the number of casualties, it will fail to do this for a long time. They will have to provide this information in the coming days. The families of Armenian soldiers willing to know something about their children will demand this."
He added that Armenia's intensification in the front zone recently can be explained by several factors.
"One of them is tension in the international relations in the entire world and concerned forces," he added. "Armenians have neither the strength nor the courage to act independently. Armenia only executes the orders. On the other hand, economic crisis is observed in Armenia. The prices for utilities and other expenses are expected to increase.
This may lead to the population's protests. Perhaps, the Armenian government is interested in an escalation of tension on the front line because all attention was focused on it. People just would not have time to express sharp protests against increasing economic crisis."
"There are forces trying to prevent peaceful settlement of the conflict," he said. "But the strong resistance of the Azerbaijani army and repulsing all the attacks, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry's sharp statement, the presence of the defense minister on the frontline, using heavy-duty equipment and military aircraft will force the Armenian side and its patrons to take a more constructive position."
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 last four 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.