Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan nearly 130 times
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 23
During the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces 126 times violated ceasefire on various parts of the contact line between the troops of Azerbaijan and Armenia, said Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry March 23.
Azerbaijani positions located on nameless heights in the Gazakh district, the Gizilhajili and Kohnegishlag villages of the Aghstafa district, were fired at by Armenians stationed on nameless heights and in the Paravakar and Berkaber villages of Armenia's Ijevan district.
Armenian military stationed in the Dovegh, Voskevan villages of Armenia's Noyemberyan district opened fire at the Azerbaijani army positions located in the Kemerli and Gushchu Ayrim villages of the Gazakh district.
Armenian military stationed in the Chinari, Mosesgeh villages of Armenia's Berd district opened fire at the Azerbaijani army positions in the Kokhanabi, Aghdam and Alibayli villages of the Tovuz district.
Azerbaijani army positions, located on nameless heights in Azerbaijan's Gadabay district, were fired at by the Armenian military stationed on nameless heights in Armenia's Krasnoselsk district.
Armenian army also opened fire from positions near the Gulustan village of the Goranboy district, the Goyarkh, Chilaburt, Chayli, Yarimja villages of the Tartar district, the Shikhlar, Bash Garvand, Javahirli, Sarijali, Kangarli, Novruzlu, Shuraabad, Nemirli, Yusifjanli villages of the Aghdam district, the Kuropatkino village of the Khojavand district, the Horadiz, Garakhanbeyli, Gorgan, Ashagi Seyidahmadli villages of the Fizuli district and the Mehdili village of the Jabrayil district.
Armenians also opened fire upon the Azerbaijani army positions from nameless heights in the Goygol, Goranboy, Khojavand, Fizuli and Jabrayil districts.
Azerbaijan's armed forces inflicted 130 strikes upon Armenian positions.
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 withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.