Baku – APA. Armenian armed forces have 20 times violated the ceasefire with Azerbaijan on the contact line between the two countries’ troops over the last 24 hours, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said on Oct. 22.
Armenian military was using heavy machine guns to shell Azerbaijani army positions.
Armenian armed units stationed in Shavarshavan village of Armenia’s Noyemberyan district and on nameless heights in Berd district opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in Farahli village of Qazakh district and on nameless heights in Tovuz district.
Azerbaijani army positions located on nameless heights in Gadabay district also came under fire from Armenian positions located on nameless heights in Krasnoselsk district.
Meanwhile, Azerbaijani army positions underwent fire from Armenian positions located near the occupied Chilaburt village of Terter district, Bash Garvand, Namirli, Shuraabad villages of Aghdam district, as well as on nameless heights in Goygol, Goranboy, Terter 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.