OSCE discussing downing of helicopter in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 13
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:
The OSCE Permanent Council is discussing the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict including the downing of an Armenian military helicopter Nov. 12 by the Azerbaijani armed forces, the OSCE Minsk Group's US Co-chair James Warlick twitted Nov. 13.
On Nov. 12, at 13:45 (UTC/GMT +4 hours) an Armenian Mi-24 helicopter flying 1700 meters northeast of the Kengerli village of Azerbaijan's Aghdam district attacked the Azerbaijani army positions.
The helicopter was shot down by the Azerbaijani side. The wreckage of the downed helicopter fell on an area, located 500 meters away from the frontline.
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 US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.