Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24
By Sabina Ahmadova - 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 24.
The armed forces of Armenia, located in the villages of Doveh, Barekamavan, Shavarshavan of Armenia's Noyemberyan region and Berkaber of Ijevan region, fired at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located at the nameless heights and near the villages of Gaymagli, Ferehli, Gizilhajili of Gazakh region.
At the same time, the Azerbaijani positions, located in the village of Kokhanebi of Tovuz region, took fire from the positions located in Armenia's Berd region.
Moreover, the Azerbaijani positions underwent fire from the positions located near the villages of Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Garakhanbeyli, Horadiz of Fizuli region, Sarijali, Merzili, Bash Gervend, Shuraabad of Aghdam, Tapgaragoyunlu of Goranboy and at the nameless heights in the 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