Kazakh PM to skip EEU ministerial meeting in Yerevan
Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov won't go to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) ministerial meeting planned for April 8 in Yerevan, a source in the cabinet of ministers of Kazakhstan told RIA Novosti.
The reason for such a move is not disclosed, the source said.
On Apr. 5, the press service of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) reported that no changes to the session program of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council due to the recent developments in Azerbaijan's occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region were planned at that time.
On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers.
The armed clashes resulted in deaths and injuries among the Azerbaijani population.
Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.
Military operations were stopped on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies on Apr. 5 at 12:00 (UTC/GMT + 4 hours) with the consent of the sides, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry earlier said.
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.