Azerbaijani Defense Ministry confirms Armenian family crosses Azerbaijani border
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 13 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry confirmed that an Armenian family crossed the border.
The Armenian family of five is currently in Azerbaijan. The incident is under investigation, ministry spokesman Teymur Abdullayev told Trend .
The Armenian Defense Ministry announced a breach of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in the area of Yeraskh-Nakhchivan Jan. 11, Mediamax reported.
Armenian citizen Yeghishe Gevorgyan and his wife and three children crossed the border by car illegally and traveled to Nakhchivan Jan.10 at 7:00 p.m., disregarding the instructions of the Armenian border guards, the news agency added.
The border guards did not open fire because of the children, the ministry reported.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. General Assembly's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
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