Armenian armed forces use mortars on contact line of troops
Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 24
Armenian armed forces have broken the ceasefire with Azerbaijan by using 60-mm and 80-mm mortars and large-caliber machine guns in order to further aggravate the situation on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said March 24.
In response to the actions of Armenian armed forces, Azerbaijani armed forces struck the enemy's positions using larger caliber weapons.
The Defense Ministry said that if the enemy continues staging provocations, the Azerbaijani side would give a tougher response.
Azerbaijani armed forces haven't suffered any losses and fully control the operational situation on the contact line of the troops, said the ministry.
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 CN