Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 1 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
Azerbaijani soldier Farrrukh Zeynalov was wounded as the Armenian armed forces breached the ceasefire agreement on the contact line at 4:20 p.m. on Oct.31, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported.
Zeynalov has been hospitalized. He is in stable condition.
Zeynalov was enlisted from the Lankaran Region Military Commissariat.
The ministry reported that the Azerbaijani troops were ordered not to answer the fire. They were told to follow the ceasefire regime as talks are underway on a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Regardless, the Armenian armed forces continue to worsen the situation and violate the ceasefire, the ministry noted.
"Armenia should understand that this situation must not be abused and the Azerbaijani side will be forced to respond to the fire if mutual understanding is not followed," the ministry said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. The Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the United States - are holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
The Armenian armed forces opened fire on Azerbaijani troops on Oct. 31 from positions outside the Sarijali, Shuraabad and Garagashli villages in the Agdam region at 12:00-2:20 p.m., 1:50-2:00 p.m. and 10:00-10:10 p.m., as well as from positions in the Goranboy region at 3:45-4:00 p.m., the ministry reported.
The Armenian armed forces opened fire at the Azerbaijani troops from positions in the Dashkesen region at 12:25-1:00 p.m. and from positions outside the Seysulan and Goyarkh villages in the Tartar region at 5:10-5:35 p.m. and 8:10-8:15 p.m., the ministry reported.
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