Azerbaijani Defense Ministry: Armenia’s statement on intensive ceasefire violation 'groundless'
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.17 / Trend, K. Zarbaliyeva /
Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry called accusations by the Armenian Defense Ministry of intensive ceasefire violations by the Azerbaijani armed forces "groundless."
"The Azerbaijani side is committed to the observance of the ceasefire on the frontline, but the Armenian side has violated the ceasefire the past two days, wounding Azerbaijani soldiers," Azerbaijani Defense Ministry spokesman Teymur Abdullayev told Trend today.
Meanwhile, Armenia attributed these actions to Azerbaijan, he added.
Armenian media reported alleged ceasefire violations by the Azerbaijani armed forces in recent days, which injured two Armenian soldiers.
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 and the surrounding regions.