Azerbaijan, Baku, 6 March / corr Trend S.Jailioglu / The Azerbaijani Defense Minister stated that the intensive armistice breaches in the frontline of the Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces, is linked with the political tension in Armenia and targets distracting the international community from the tension in this country.
"The Armed Forces of Armenia attempted to replace the heavy equipments at the frontline, whilst the Azerbaijani National Army prevented this plan," Safar Abiyev, the Azerbaijani Defense Minister stated in talks with the journalists in Terter region on 6 March.
On 6 March, Colonel General Safar Abiyev, the Azerbaijani Defense Minister, visited the border district of Terter region- western Azerbaijan. The minister was participating in a final meeting with the Defense Ministry on 2007 results. The Minister is expected to visit the territory where the ceasefire agreement was violated during the past few days.
From the early hours of 4 March, the Armenian armed forces violated, in several directions, the peace agreement on the frontline of Azerbaijan and Armenia- in the occupied territory of Azerbaijan
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said that during the gunfire with Armenia, 12 Armenian soldiers were killed and 15 injured, while four Azerbaijani soldiers were killed and one sustained injuries. The situation on the frontline is relatively calm at the moment.
The ceasefire agreement was breached mainly in the direction of Goyarkh and Gizil Oba villages of Terter District.
In 1988, the conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven neighbouring 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