Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 24
Under the instruction of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Ilham Aliyev, Assistant to the Azerbaijani President on Work with Law Enforcement Bodies and Military Issues Fuad Alasgarov and Minister of Defense Colonel General Zakir Hasanov visited military units stationed in the frontline zone, the country’s Defense Ministry said in a message Jan. 24.
During the visit, the state of combat readiness of troops, the service and social conditions of military personnel were inspected, as well as conversations with servicemen were held.
Then a joint dinner was organized.
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.