OSCE Monitors Troops Contact Line
Azerbaijan, Barda, 7 May / Trend corr Sh. Jaliloglu/ The monitoring of the Armenian-Azerbaijani troops contact line held nearby Afatli village in the Agdam region on 7 May, in accordance with the mandate of the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, caused no incidents, Azerbaijani Defence Ministry reported to Trend .
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 Khojali, in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian Armed Forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and Nagorno-Karabakh's seven surrounding regions. 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, but fruitless negotiations.
Before monitoring OSCE representatives met with the head of Agdam Administration Hasan Sariyev. Sariyev said that as a result of intensive violation of the ceasefire by Armenians, 3 Azerbaijani civilians have died and one sustained injuries within the past 4 months.
For protection of ceasefire, OSCE regularly monitors the troops contact line.