Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 27
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
Over the past 24 hours, the Armenian military, using mortars and large-caliber machine guns, 118 times violated ceasefire on various parts of the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said August 27.
Azerbaijani positions were also fired at by Armenians stationed near the villages of Tapgaragoyunlu, Gulustan of the Goranboy district, Chilyaburt, Goyarkh, Qizil Oba, Chayli of the Tartar district, Novruzlu, Chiragli, Yusifjanli, Shuraabad, Merzili, Shirvanli, Javakhirli, Qaraqashli, Sarijali of the Aghdam district, Kuropatkino of the Khojavand district, Garakhanbeyli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli, Ashagi Veyselli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Gorgan of the Fizuli district.
Armenians also opened fire from positions on nameless heights in the 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.