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Turkey condemns Armenian attacks against Azerbaijan

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 27 February 2017 01:17
Turkey's Foreign Ministry has condemned the 'heavy weapon attacks that were carried out against Azerbaijan' on early Saturday
Turkey condemns Armenian attacks against Azerbaijan

Turkey's Foreign Ministry has condemned the 'heavy weapon attacks that were carried out against Azerbaijan' on early Saturday, Anadolu reported

The ministry issued a written statement late Sunday, offering condolences to fallen Azerbaijani soldiers' families and people of Azerbaijan.

"Armenia has been keeping one-fifth of the Azerbaijani territory under occupation for a quarter century," the statement said. "We invite Armenia to follow ceasefire rules and expect the heavy clash will not occur again."

Meanwhile, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said in a written statement that the Armenian armed units broke ceasefire with Azerbaijan a total of 117 times throughout Sunday, using 60mm mortars (15 shells), 82mm mortars (18 shells), and a D-44 gun (one shell).

The ceasefire was violated in "Chilaburt village in Tartar district, Shuraabad, Bah Qarvand, Yusifjanli, villages in Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village in Khojavand district, Horadiz, Ashaghi Veysalli villages in Fuzuli district, as well as nameless hills in Goranboy, Tartar, Aghdam, 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.

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