Baku, Azerbaijan, July 17
By Ilhama Isabalayeva - Trend:
The ceasefire on the Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line was broken 31 times in numerous positions last night, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on July 17.
The armed forces of Armenia, located in the village of Mosesgerh of Armenia's Berd region, fired at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the village of Aghdam of Tovuz region.
At the same time, the Azerbaijani positions, located at the nameless heights of Gadabay region, took fire from the positions located at the nameless heights of Armenia's Krasnoselskiy region.
Moreover, the Azerbaijani positions underwent fire from the positions located at the nameless heights and near the villages of Ashagi Veyselli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli of Fizuli, Sarijali, Yusifjanli, Merzili of Aghdam, Tapgaragoyunlu of Goranboy, Gapanli of Terter and Kuropatkino of Khojavend region.
The opposing side was silenced with return fire.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.