Azerbaijan, Baku, 27 Feb. / Trend E.Mehtiev /
The cause of what is happening on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops is that Armenia doesn't free the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, head of the press service of the Defence Ministry of Azerbaijan, Colonel Eldar Sabiroglu said.
"Armenia violates the ceasefire throughout the entire line of contact. Azerbaijani armed forces give them a fitting rebuff. Unfortunately violation of the ceasefire on the contact line leads to losses and injuries on both sides. That is inevitable, " Sabiroglu said.
Armenia has to free the territories, occupied over 20 years ago, he said. "The day will come, when the Armenian army stationed in Nagorno-Karabakh will be driven out," Sabiroglu said.
Armenia shouldn't be proud of solely occupying territories of Azerbaijan. This is not the case. Supporters of the aggressor have given it the maximum assistance, the head of the press service stated.
"The armed forces of Azerbaijan possess sufficient strength to protect the state and its people," Sabiroglu said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia 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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