Heights around Talish village under control of Azerbaijan - Defense Ministry (UPDATE)
Baku, Azerbaijan, April 6
Information about the fact that supposedly Armenian units recaptured the heights around the village of Talish, passed under the control of Azerbaijani army, are groundless and false, Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan reported Apr.6.
The ministry says that the dissemination of such information is the result of false and futile activity of the military and political leadership of Armenia, trying somehow to raise the spirit of the demoralized and not wishing to fight the soldiers of the Armenian army which lost its fighting capacity, as well as being in a panic Armenian people.
"The Ministry of Defence reiterates that during the day the Armenian side has continued to violate ceasefire in different directions and response of Azerbaijan's Armed Forces, forced to stop this provocation, will be tough", the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
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.
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.
The armed clashes resulted in deaths and injuries among the Azerbaijani population. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.