Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan over 40 times in a day
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 17
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
Over the past 24 hours, the Armenian military 43 times violated the ceasefire on various parts of the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said Feb. 17.
Armenian armed forces stationed in the Voskevan village and on nameless heights in Noyemberyan district of Armenia, opened fire on Azerbaijani armed forces' positions in the Gushchu Ayrim village and on nameless heights in Azerbaijan's Gazakh district.
Armenians stationed in the Mosesgeh village and on nameless heights in Berd district of Armenia opened fire at Azerbaijani army positions in the villages of Aghdam and Munjuglu of Tovuz district.
Azerbaijani positions also came under fire from positions near the Geyarkh, Chayli villages of Terter district, Yusifjanli, Kengerli, Shikhlar, Javahirli, Shuraabad villages of Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand district, Gorgan, Garakhanbayli, Horadiz, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli villages of Fizuli district and the Mehdili village of Jabrail district.
Aside from that, Azerbaijani army positions came under fire from positions on nameless heights in Goranboy, Khojavand, Fuzuli and Jabrail districts.
The opposing side was silenced with return fire.
OSCE Minsk Group's co-chairs are visiting the region. Despite this, Armenia continues provocations on the line of contact.
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.