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President of the Association of Friends of Azerbaijan in Paris, Jean-Francois Mancel has issued a statement condemning the latest provocation perpetrated by the Armenian Armed Forces against Azerbaijan.
The statement says that the Association offers deepest condolences to the relatives and families of the deceased military servicemen..
“The Association wishes the fulfillment of the four resolutions of the UN Security Council and also expressed regret that the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chair countries still ignore the unjustified and tragic situation continuing since many years. The Association also welcomes the news of a unilateral cease-fire reportedly announced by the Azerbaijani authorities and calls Armenia to stop the violence.”
Armenian armed units violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan and opened intense firing on the Azerbaijani positions with heavy weapons on April 4 despite the fact that Azerbaijan unilaterally announced ceasefire on April 3.
Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry reported that the enemy forces do not stop provocative actions and continue shelling Azerbaijan’s populated areas and civilians densely residing in the territories adjacent to the frontline area, open intensive heavy weapons fire at the positions of Azerbaijan’s armed forces along the line of contact mainly in the direction of Agdere-Terter and Khojavand-Fizuli regions.
On April 2, the Armenian military units located in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan made another provocative action along the entire length of contact line as the Azerbaijani positions along the frontline came under fire from large-calibre weapons, mortars, artillery and grenade-launchers. Some residential areas and refugee settlements close to the frontline also came under fire.
This resulted in the killing of two civilians and injuring of 10 another, including a 13 year old child. More than 10 houses as well as local people`s property were also damaged.
The Azerbaijani armed forces command took an immediate decision to launch counter attacks in order to prevent the activation of the Armenian military units in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and other regions and to protect civilian population. Located in the most tense Aghdara-Tartar-Aghdam and Khojavand-Fuzuli directions, the Azerbaijani military units immediately carried out retaliatory actions against the Armenian troops.
Six Armenian tanks and 15 artillery units and engineering installations were destroyed, tens of Armenian servicemen were killed or injured.
Twelve Azerbaijani servicemen were killed in the fighting, a Mi-24 helicopter was shot down, and a mine blast damaged a tank.
2016.04.04 / 14:28