Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 13
The Armenian armed forces’ drone dropped a home-made explosive near the border with Azerbaijan in the country’s Tovuz district, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a message Jan. 13.
According to the message, the Armenian side uses such explosives to damage the Azerbaijani army personnel as well as civilians, living in the border areas.
After the explosive devise was defused, it was found that it consists of an electric detonator, a detonating cord, batteries for its activating and metal elements, the ministry said.
Armenia purposefully uses such explosive devices, prohibited by international law, on the Azerbaijani-Armenian state border to escalate the situation, provoke Azerbaijan to take reciprocal measures and once again draw attention of other members of the military-political bloc, which includes Armenia, to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the ministry said.
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said that the Armenian military-political criminal regime bears responsibility for a possible incident and its consequences.
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.