Violations of Ceasefire Agreement by Armenian Armed Forces Has Doubled

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 11 September 2007 14:34 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. E.Huseynli / Violations of the ceasefire agreement by the Armenian Military Forces on the contact line between the two countries has doubled compared to 2006, Eldar Sabiroglu, the head of the press service of the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry, said to the Trend Agency on 11 September.

The Armenian Military divisions have mainly fired in the direction of Agdam, Fizuli and the Tartar regions.

An ceasefire agreement was signed in Bishkek on 5 May 1994 by the Armenian Chairman of Parliament and the Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament by the initiative of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of CIS and Foreign Ministry of Russia.

The Azerbaijani National Army reported a number of deaths; however the head of the press service did not state the number. Appeals submitted by Azerbaijan to international organizations regarding the violation of the ceasefire agreement by the Armenian Armed Forces did not have any results.

The conflict between the two countries of South Caucasus began in 1988 due to territorial claims by Armenia against Azerbaijan. Armenia has occupied 20% of the Azerbaijani land including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding Districts. Since 1992, these territories have been under the occupation of the Armenian Forces. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France and USA) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.