Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 20
Over the past 24 hours, Armenia’s armed forces using large caliber machine guns have 143 times violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told Trend March 20.
The Azerbaijani army positions located in Gizilhajili, Farahli, Gushchu Ayrim, Gaymagli, Kamarli villages and in nameless hills in Gazakh district and in nameless hills in Gadabay district underwent fire from the Armenian army positions located in Ijevan district, in Shavarshavan, Voskevan, Barekamavan, Berdavan, Dovekh villages and in nameless hills in Noyemberyan district of Armenia.
Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani army positions located in Aghbulag, Munjuglu Alibeyli and Kokhanebi villages and in nameless hills of Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district were shelled from the Armenian army positions located in Chinari, Aygepar, Mosesgekh, Aygedzor, villages and in nameless heights of the Berd district of Armenia.
Moreover, the Azerbaijani army positions were shelled from the Armenian positions located near the occupied Yarimja, Goyarkh villages of Tartar district, Garagashli, Bash Garvend, Marzili, Namirli, Shikhlar, Shirvanli, Javahirli villages of Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village of Khojavend district, Gorgan, Ashaghi Veysalli, Horadiz, Garakhanbeyli and Ashaghi Seyidahmadli villages of Fuzuli district and Mehdili village of Jabrayil district, as well as from positions located in nameless hills in Goygol, Goranboy, Tartar, Khojavend and Fuzuli district.
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.