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Armenian armed forces have 14 times violated the ceasefire with Azerbaijan on the line of contact between the two countries’ troops over the past 24 hours, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said on Aug.27.
The Armenian armed forces stationed in the Paravakar village of Armenia’s Ijevan district and on nameless heights of the Berd district opened fire at the Azerbaijani positions located in the Kohnagishlag village of the Aghstafa district and the Kokhanabi village of the Tovuz district.
Positions of the Azerbaijani army located on nameless heights of the Gadabay district also underwent fire from the Armenian positions located on nameless heights of the Krasnoselsk district.
Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani army positions came under fire from the Armenian positions located near occupied Javahirli and Novruzlu village of Azerbaijan’s Aghdam district, the Kuropatkino village of the Khojavend district, as well as from the positions on nameless heights of Goranboy and Fuzuli districts.
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 CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in Dec.1994) 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, the 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.
2016.08.27 / 11:20