Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 21
Over the past 24 hours, Armenia’s armed forces have 43 times violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, said Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry Dec. 21.
The Azerbaijani army positions located in Kohneqishlaq village of the Agstafa district, Jafarli, Qushchu Ayrim villages of the Gazakh district and nameless heights underwent fire from the Armenian army positions located in Paravakar, Azatamut villages and the nameless heights of the Ijevan district, Voskevan village of the Noyemberyan district of Armenia.
The Azerbaijani army positions located on the nameless heights in the Gadabay district underwent fire from the Armenian army positions located on the nameless heights of the Krasnoselsk district of Armenia.
Moreover, the Azerbaijani army positions also took fire from the Armenian positions located near the Armenian-occupied Chilaburt village of the Tartar district, Javakhirli, Shuraabad, Yusifjanli villages of the Aghdam district, Horadiz, Ashagi Veyselli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Qarakhanbayli villages of the Fizuli district, as well as from the positions located on nameless heights of the Goranboy, Jabrayil, Fuzuli and Tartar 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.