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Armenian media reports that the Azerbaijani armed forces allegedly violated the ceasefire in the direction of the Talish village and as a result of the shelling Armenian military serviceman Marat Danielyan died are false and unfounded, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told on Thursday.
This morning an Armenian ZIL-131 military truck, heading north, in fact hit a landmine which had been placed by Armenians themselves, the Azerbaijani defense ministry said, noting that one Armenian serviceman was killed in the blast and many others were wounded.
“Seeking to put the blame on Azerbaijan, the Armenian side is concealing the number of those wounded and releasing this kind of misinformation, hoping to cover up their failures,” Azerbaijan’s ministry added.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.
2016.04.21 / 20:19