Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 15
Azerbaijani serviceman Fikret Bashirov was killed as a result of shelling the positions of the Azerbaijani army by the Armenian armed forces, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a message Jan. 15.
According to Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov’s order, Bashirov, who died as a result of Armenia’s another provocation on the line of contact between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops, was posthumously awarded with the third degree medal "For Distinction in Military Service".
The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry expresses condolences to the family of the killed serviceman.
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.