Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 20
Armenia’s armed forces have 17 times violated the ceasefire on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops over the past 24 hours, said Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry Aug. 20.
The Armenian army was using large-caliber machine guns.
The Armenian armed forces stationed in the Paravakar village of Armenia’s Ijevan district opened fire at the Azerbaijani positions located on nameless heights of the Gazakh district.
Positions of the Azerbaijani army located in the villages of Kokhanabi, Munjuglu and Garalar of the country’s Tovuz district also underwent fire from the Armenian positions located in the nameless heights and the Chinari village of Armenia’s Berd district.
Azerbaijani positions came under fire from the positions located in the Goyarkh village of the Terter district, Merzili village of the Aghdam district, Garakahnbayli village of the Fizuli district.
Azerbaijani positions also took fire from the positions located on nameless heights of the Goranboy, Khojavand and Jabrayil districts.
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.