Tension grows on contact line: Armenia continues breaking ceasefire with Azerbaijan

Tension grows on contact line: Armenia continues breaking ceasefire with Azerbaijan
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  • calendar-gray 03 December 2016

Baku – APA. Armenia’s armed forces have 60 times violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops over the past 24 hours, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said on Dec. 3.


Armenia military was using grenade launchers and heavy machine guns to shell Azerbaijani positions.


Armenian armed units stationed in Shavarshavan village of Armenia’s Noyemberyan district opened fire at the Azerbaijani army positions located in Farahli village of Azerbaijan’s Gazakh district.


Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani army positions located in Aghdam, Aghbulaq, Kokhanabi and Munjuglu villages of Tovuz district underwent fire from Armenian positions located in Mosesgeh, Chinari villages and on nameless heights of Berd district.


Positions of the Azerbaijani army also came under fire from the Armenian positions located near the Armenia-occupied Goyarkh village of Terter district, Shikhlar, Bash Garvand, Jevahirli, Shuraabad, Merzili villages of Aghdam district, Horadiz, Gorgan, Garakhanbeyli, Ashaghi Veyselli villages of Fuzuli district, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand district as well as on nameless heights in Goranboy, Terter, Fuzuli, Khojavand and Jabrayil 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.  


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