Armenia breaks ceasefire with Azerbaijan over 700 times in one month

Armenia breaks ceasefire with Azerbaijan over 700 times in one month
# 30 November 2016 21:05 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Farid Mirzayev-APA. Armenian armed forces have 733 times violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops in November 2016, according to the results of the APA’s monitoring based on the reports confirmed by the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.  


The Armenian military was using 60mm- and 82mm-caliber mortars, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns to shell Azerbaijani positions.  


Last month, Armenian troops once again resorted to provocation to deliberate escalate situation on the frontline. The Azerbaijani military prevented the provocation, taking retaliatory measures.


In November, Armenian armed shelled the Azerbaijani army positions located in the districts of Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Terter, Khojavend, Goranboy, Gazakh, Gadabay, Tovuz and Aghstafa.


In addition, two unmanned aerial vehicles, belonging to the Armenian army, were destroyed by Azerbaijani forces in November while attempting to carry out reconnaissance flights over the contact line in the direction of Azerbaijan’s Terter and Fuzuli districts.


A serviceman of Azerbaijani Armed Forces, Agil Malikov, was killed as Armenian troops violated the ceasefire with Azerbaijan in November.


The Armenian army violated the ceasefire with Azerbaijan 599 times in October.


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.