Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 29
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
The Armenian military violated the ceasefire with Azerbaijan on Jan. 29 during an OSCE monitoring.
Shortly before the end of the monitoring held in line with the mandate of the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops near the Mazam village of Gazakh district, the Armenian armed forces fired at the Azerbaijani armed forces' positions from the territory, near which there were the OSCE representatives, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Jan. 29.
Besides, the Armenians brought the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative's field assistants on the opposite side of the contact line, not to the previously stated territory.
As a result of this, as well as the subsequent implementation of certain procedures, the monitoring started later than planned, the ministry said.
Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry once again states that such provocative actions of the Armenian side, which doesn't recognize the norms and principles of international law, have acquired a systematic character.
Escalating tension on the line of contact, Armenia doesn't create conditions for normal work of international organizations' representatives, purposefully preventing them from executing tasks.
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.
Edited by SI