Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 19
Ibrahim Manafov, a serviceman of Azerbaijani Armed Forces, was killed in a shootout as a result of the ceasefire violation by Armenian Armed Forces, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said Jan. 19.
The ministry expresses deep condolences to the relatives of the deceased.
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.