Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 23
Over the past 24 hours, the Armenian military, using the 60 mm and 82 mm caliber rocket-propelled grenades and large-caliber machine guns, 173 times violated ceasefire on various parts of the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, said Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry August 23.
Armenian armed forces, stationed in the Parakavar village of Ijevan district of Armenia, opened fire at Azerbaijani army positions in the Kohnegishlag village of Agstafa district.
Armenians also opened fire from positions on nameless heights in the Krasnoselsk district of Armenia at the Azerbaijani army positions on nameless heights of Gadabay district.
Azerbaijani positions were also fired at by Armenians stationed near the Tapgaragoyunlu village of Goranboy district, the Chilyaburt, Goyarkh villages of Tartar district, the Kangarli, Yusifjanli villages of Agdam district, the Kuropatkino village of Khojavand district, the Garakhanbeyli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli villages of Fizuli district.
Armenians also opened fire from positions on nameless heights in the Goy-Gol, Goranboy, Khojavand, Fuzuli and Jabrail 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.