Baku, Azerbaijan, July 1
Armenian armed forces have broken the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 71 times in numerous positions in the last 24 hours, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said July 1.
Armenian armed forces, located in the village of Voskepar of Armenia's Noyemberyan district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the village of Ashagi Askipara of the Qazakh district.
Armenian armed forces, located in the villages of Aygepar, Mosesgekh and Chinari of Armenia's Berd district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the villages of Alibayli, Aghdam and Kohanebi of the Tovuz district.
Another ceasefire break came from the positions located near the villages of Talysh of the Goranboy district, Geyarkh, Yarimja, Chilyaburt, Qizil Oba of the Terter district, Shikhlar, Garagashli, Yusifjanli, Kengerli, Sarijali, Bash Garvend of the Aghdam district, Garakhanbayli, Horadiz, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Alkhinli, Ashagi Abdurrakhmanli of the Fizuli district and Mehdili of the Jabrayil district.
Moreover, Azerbaijani positions took fire from the positions located on the nameless heights of the Goygol, Goranboy, Khojavend, Fizuli and Jabrayil districts.
The opposing side was silenced with return fire.
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 the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.