US Secretary of State to discuss in Armenia issue of returning dead body of Azerbaijani soldier
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 4 /Trend, V.Zhavoronkova/
In Armenia, we will discuss the issue of returning the body of the deceased Azerbaijani soldier, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said to a press conference in Baku on July 4 as a result of her visit to Azerbaijan.
"Unfortunately, we often see death, whether soldier or civilian, and this makes us sorrowful. We believe that the 1994 ceasefire agreement must be respected and remain in force," said Clinton.
The Armenian armed forces opened fire on Azerbaijani soldiers June 18. Four Armenian military men were killed and four were wounded in the crossfire. Azerbaijani soldier Ibrahimov Mubariz was killed. His body remained in neutral territory.
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. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.