Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 1
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 Sept. 1.
The Armenian armed forces stationed in Voskevan village of the Noyembryan district, Aygepar and Chinari villages of Berd district and on nameless heights of the Krasnoselsk district of Armenia opened fire at the Azerbaijani positions located in Qushchu Ayrim village of the Gazakh district, Alibayli village of the Tovuz district and on nameless heights of the Gadabay district.
Positions of the Azerbaijani army also underwent fire from the Armenian positions located near Kuropatkino village of Azerbaijan’s Khojavand district and Horadiz village of Fizuli district.
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.