Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 8
Over the past 24 hours, Armenia’s armed forces have 33 times violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, said Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry Dec. 8.
The Azerbaijani army positions located in the Farahli and Gushchu Ayrim villages of the Gazakh district of Azerbaijan underwent fire from the Armenian army positions located in the Shavarshavan and Voskevan villages of the Noyemberyan district of Armenia.
Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani army positions located in the Kokhanabi and Munjuglu villages of the Tovuz district of Azerbaijan were shelled from the Armenian army positions located on nameless heights of the Berd district of Armenia.
Moreover, the Azerbaijani army positions also underwent fire from the Armenian positions located near the Armenian-occupied Shikhlar, Yusifjanli villages of the Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village of the Khojavand district, Garakhanbayli village of the Fuzuli district, as well as from the positions located on nameless heights of the Goranboy, Tartar, Khojavand, Fuzuli 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.