Baku, Azerbaijan, July 3
Armenian armed forces have broken the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 77 times in numerous positions in the last 24 hours, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said July 3.
Armenian armed forces located on the nameless heights of Armenia's Ijevan district, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located on the nameless heights of Gazakh district.
Azerbaijani positions located in the village of Alibeyli of Tovuz district took fire from the positions located in the village of Aygepar of Armenia's Berd district.
Moreover, Azerbaijani positions located on the nameless heights of Gadabay district underwent fire from the positions located on the nameless heights of Armenia's Krasnoselskiy district.
Another ceasefire violation came from the positions located near the villages of Gulustan, Talish, Tapgaragoyunlu of Goranboy district, Chileburt, Gizil Oba of Terter, Shikhlar, Shirvanli, Garagashli, Sarijali, Javahirli, Merzili of Aghdam, Kuropatkino of Khojavend, Garakhanbeyli, Horadiz, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Gorgan of Fizuli and Mehdili of Jabrayil district.
Azerbaijani positions also took fire from the positions located on the nameless heights of 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.