OSCE Warns Azerbaijan, Armenia Against Frequent Violation of Ceasefire

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 14 February 2008 18:19 (UTC +04:00)
OSCE Warns  Azerbaijan,   Armenia Against Frequent Violation of Ceasefire

Azerbaijan, Barda, 14 February / Trend corr Sh. Jaliloglu / Andrzej Kasprzyk, the OSCE Chairman-in-office's personal representative, said that in the recent months, the ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia has been more frequently broken. "Due to the permanent violation of ceasefire at the contact line of the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, both the sides have been warned," he said to journalists on 14 February after the monitoring held at the troop contact line nearby the Tapgaragoyunlu village in the Goranboy region of Azerbaijan.

The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988, due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost the Nagorno-Karabakh, except of Shusha and Khojaly, in December 1991. In 1992-93, the Armenian Armed Forces occupied Shusha, Khojaly and Nagorno-Karabakh's seven neighbouring regions. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement which ended the active hostilities. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding the peaceful, but fruitless negotiations. OSCE periodically monitors the troop contact line.

The OSCE will increase the number of the monitoring exercises in order to prevent the intensive violation of the ceasefire. The violation of the ceasefire negatively affects the day-to-day life of the nearby villages' residents and impedes their agricultural activities, Kasprzyk said.

Azerbaijan has been always maintaining the ceasefire, the Spokesman for the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry Eldar Sabiroglu said to Trend on 14 February. " Azerbaijan has been urging OSCE to take necessary measures against Armenia, which has been intensively violating the ceasefire," he said.

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