Baku, Azerbaijan, May 17
An Azerbaijani soldier was killed as a result of the violation of the ceasefire by Armenia despite the talks on resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said May 17.
An Azerbaijani serviceman Natig Tahirli was killed as a result of the violation of the ceasefire by Armenia on the line of contact immediately after the completion of the talks on the conflict, said the ministry.
Armenia's manpower was eliminated as a result of the urgent measures, said Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry.
Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said that Armenia's military and political regime is fully responsible for the possible incidents and losses of the opposing side.
A meeting was held in Vienna on May 16 involving President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, French Minister of State for European Affairs Harlem Desir, OSCE Minsk group co-chairs, and special representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Andrzej Kasprzyk.
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.