Divisions of Armenian Armed Forces Resume Military Training in Occupied Azerbaijani Lands

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 21 November 2007 15:36 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Barda /corr. Trend Sh.Jaliloglu / On 21 November at nearly 10:30 a.m., some divisions of the Armenian Armed Forces again began military training in occupied Azerbaijani lands.

Divisions of the Armenian Armed Forces use heavy artillery during the trainings, which are being held in an occupied Talish village of Azerbaijan's Tartar district, Trend Regional Correspondent reports. The residents of the village say that the drills are conducted with strong explosions and shells of heavy military equipment falling on the land.

The conflict between the two countries in the South Caucasus began in 1988 as a result of Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied twenty percent of Azerbaijan's land, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. 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 the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.

The Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan stated that while the occupied Azerbaijani territories remain without control, the Armenian Armed Forces continue to hold intensive military trainings there.