Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr E. Huseynli / Major in reserve Alakbar Mammamdov, the director of the Azerbaijani Centre for Democratic Civil Control over Armed Forces, reported on 11 May that so far over 5,000 soldiers and officers of the National Army of Azerbaijan have been killed since the signing of the ceasefire agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia in 1994. According to Mammadov, the most death cases were caused by the breaking of the ceasefire, burst of mines and other reasons. Over 2,000 soldiers and officers were killed from 1995-2000 and over 500 since 2000.
Military expert Uzeyir Jafarov reported that over 1,000 Azerbaijani civilians residing in border territories died during the period of ceasefire. Eldar Sabiroghlu, spokesman for the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry, reported that despite the ceasefire Armenian armed forces had been regularly violating the regime. He did not tell the exact number of the victims.
A source at the National Agency on Mines Liquidation said that they neutralized 216,565 mines from 47,882,491 sq m. Some 53 people have died due to 86 mine explosions and 122 have been injured since 2001.
The ceasefire agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia was signed in Bishkek city on 12 May, 1994.