Armenia, Azerbaijan reach ceasefire agreement to recover bodies
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 8
An agreement was reached on restoration of ceasefire regime since 15:00 (GMT+4) Apr.8 on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, said Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry.
It is planned to recover the bodies of dead soldiers from both sides from 15:00 to 20:00 Apr.8 through the mediation of the OSCE and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Additional information will be disseminated later.
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.
Military operations were stopped on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies on Apr. 5 at 12:00 (UTC/GMT + 4 hours) with the consent of the sides, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry earlier said. Ignoring the agreement, the Armenian side again started violating the ceasefire.
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.