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Turkey concerned over killings on Azeri-Armenian battlelines

Türkiye Materials 5 June 2012 23:44 (UTC +04:00)
Turkey is concerned over the escalating tension along the border separating Azerbaijan and Armenia, saying that Ankara was closely following reports that five Azerbaijani and three Armenian soldiers had been killed in clashes.
Turkey concerned over killings on Azeri-Armenian battlelines

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 5 /Trend/

Turkey is concerned over the escalating tension along the border separating Azerbaijan and Armenia. "We are following the developments with deep concern," Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal told Today's Zaman on Tuesday when asked about Turkey's position.

It should be recalled that at 06:30 on June 5 Armenian sabotage group's efforts to enter Azerbaijani Armed Forces' positions in Ashagi Eskipara village in the Gazakh region failed and it retreated by suffering losses.

As a result of the fight, 4 soldiers of Azerbaijani Armed Forces were killed.

Another Azerbaijani soldier was killed as a result of fire opened from nameless heights in Gazakh region.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994.

The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France and the US - are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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