Azerbaijani defense minister talks army’s success at frontline
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 21
By Samir Ali - Trend:
Azerbaijan achieved success at the frontline in anticipation of centenary of the country’s Armed Forces, defense minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov said.
He was speaking June 21 at an event dedicated to the graduation of the Azerbaijan Higher Military School named after Heydar Aliyev.
The minister noted that the centenary of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces will be celebrated June 26.
He added that several days ago, an operation in the Nakhchivan direction was carried out and 11,000 hectares of territories were liberated from Armenian occupants.
As a result of successful actions in May 2018, the village of Gunnut of the Sharur district and the strategic heights of Khunut (2,065 meters), Gyzylgaya (1,683 meters), and Mehridag (1,869 meters), located around the village, came under the control of Azerbaijani units.
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.