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The next session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA) will be held on May 27-31 in Albania's capital Tirana, Siyavush Novruzov, Azerbaijani MP, told local media May 19.

Novruzov, who is also a member of the Azerbaijani delegation to the NATO PA, said that the Azerbaijani delegation will actively participate in the session and will inform its participants about the events that recently took place in the line of contact between the Azerbaijani and Armenian troops.

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. Ignoring the agreement, the Armenian side again started violating the ceasefire.

"Naturally, issues related to the recent events will be raised, including the intensive violation of the ceasefire by Armenians using weapons against Azerbaijan's civilian population with an attempt to disrupt the negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict's settlement," he added.

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.

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2016.05.19 / 16:30
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