Azerbaijan refutes Armenian Defense Ministry's report on civilian's wounding
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 12 / Trend, K.Zarbaliyeva /
Azerbaijan refuted the Armenian Defense Ministry's report, claiming the wounding of a civilian along the contact line between the Armenian and Azerbaijani Armed Forces.
No ceasefire violation was recorded in the southeastern direction of the contact line on the day indicated by the Armenian Defense Ministry. The Azerbaijani side has not returned fire, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry Deputy Spokesman Teymur Abdullayev told Trend.
A 33-year-old resident of the Hadrut region's Kuratag village Araik Balasanyan was shot in his head in the southeastern direction of the contact line when working with a tractor at 6:05 pm on May 11, Armenian media outlets quoted the country's Defense Ministry as reporting.
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 seven 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.