Baku, Azerbaijan, May 6
By Samir Ali - Trend:
Representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Azerbaijan, who earlier departed to the frontline zone, visited the Azerbaijani district of Aghdam, the district's executive authority told Trend May 6.
The trip to the frontline zone was organized by Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry.
The diplomats met with the head of the Aghdam district executive authority, Ragub Mammadov, who informed them about the damage inflicted to the district as a result of the Armenian aggression.
Mammadov also informed the diplomats about the latest developments along the frontline.
Starting from April 27 evening until 04:00 (GMT + 4) April 28, the Armenian armed forces were firing at the Azerbaijani settlements and the Azerbaijani army positions in the Terter and Aghdam districts of Azerbaijan.
"More than 100 private houses and an office building were destroyed, two civilians were killed, six people were wounded as a result of the shelling of villages in the Aghdam district by the Armenian army," said Mammadov.
He also informed the diplomats that the Armenians fired at a secondary school in the Sarijali village.
The representatives of the diplomatic corps visited that school as well and got acquainted with its condition after the shelling.
Then the diplomats visited the Chamanli village, also shelled by the Armenians. They viewed the houses destroyed in the village and met with its residents.
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.