Ceasefire broken as Armenia shoots at Azerbaijani positions
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 23
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. 23.
The Armenian army was using large-caliber machine guns.
The Armenian armed forces stationed on nameless heights of Armenia’s Krasnoselsk district opened fire at the Azerbaijani positions located on nameless heights of the Gadabay district.
Positions of the Azerbaijani army also underwent fire from the Armenian positions located near the Bash Gervend, Yusifjanli villages of the Aghdam district, Gorgan and Ashagi Seyidahmadli villages of the Fizuli district, Mehdili village of the Jabrayil district, as well as from positions located on nameless heights in Goranboy and Khojavand 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.