Baku, Azerbaijan, May 20
Over the past 24 hours, Armenia’s armed forces have 139 times violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said May 20.
Armenians were using 60- and 82-mm mortars.
The Azerbaijani army positions in the Gizilhajili, Kamarli and Gushchu Ayrim villages of the Gazakh district underwent fire from the Armenian army positions located in the Voskevan village and on nameless heights of the Noyemberyan district and on nameless heights of the Ijevan district of Armenia.
Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani army positions in the Kokhanabi, Munjuglu, Aghbulah, Aghdam villages and on nameless heights of the Tovuz district were shelled from the Armenian army positions located in the Chinari and Mosesgekh villages of the Berd district of Armenia.
The Azerbaijani army positions on nameless heights of the Gadabay district underwent fire from the Armenian army positions located on nameless heights of the Krasnoselsk district of Armenia.
Moreover, the Azerbaijani army positions were shelled from the Armenian positions located near the Armenian-occupied Goyarkh, Chilaburt villages of the Tartar district, Shikhlar, Shirvanli, Kangarli, Bash Gervend, Javahirli, Novruzlu, Yusifjanli, Marzili villages of the Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village of the Khojavand district, Gorgan, Garakhanbayli, Horadiz, Ashagi Veysalli villages of the Fuzuli district, as well as from the positions located on nameless heights in the Goygol, Goranboy, Tartar, Aghdam, Khojavan, Fuzuli and Jabrayil districts of Azerbaijan.
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.