Parliament pays tribute to killed Azerbaijani servicemen
Baku, Azerbaijan, April 5
By Elchin Mehdiyev- Trend:
A minute's silence observed at Azerbaijani parliament's plenary session on Apr.5 by the members of the parliament in the memory of the Azerbaijani servicemen, who died during the operations on the contact line the Azerbaijani-Armenian troops.
Parliament Speaker Ogtay Asadov thanked to Azerbaijan's army for the successfully conducted operations.
"Azerbaijan has respected the ceasefire regime for many years," said Asadov adding that every time Azerbaijan achieved great successes, the country faced Armenia's sabotages.
But recently, Armenians have begun shelling our civilians, he noted, adding that Azerbaijan gave a proper response to Armenia's diversion.
The speaker also said that the Azerbaijani army has taken control of important strategic heights.
On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.