Azerbaijan intercepts Armenian sabotage and intelligence group member (UPDATE)
details added (first version posted at 11:23)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 27
By Ilkin Izzet -Trend:
The Azerbaijani Armed Forces have intercepted a member of the Armenian sabotage and intelligence group, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said Dec. 27.
The Armenian sabotage and reconnaissance group tried to cross the line of contact in the direction of the Aghdam district in the evening on December 26.
This attempt was thwarted due to the vigilance of Azerbaijani military units located on the defense line.
After a short skirmish, the enemy retreated by suffering huge losses.
According to the preliminary information, the professional serviceman, the member of the Armenian sabotage and intelligence group Arsen Baghdasaryan was taken prisoner.
The activity of the detainee is being investigated, the ministry said.
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.