Armenian armed forces have 120 times violated the ceasefire in various directions along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops over the last 24 hours, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told APA on July 1.
The Armenian military was using 60mm and 82mm mortars and large-caliber machine guns to shell Azerbaijani positions.
The Azerbaijani army positions located in Kohnegishlag village of Aghstafa district, in Kamarli, Gaymagli, Ferehli, Gushchu Ayrim, Gizilhajili village of Gazakh district, in Aghbulag, Munjuglu villages and on nameless hills in Tovuz district and on nameless hills in Gadabay district underwent fire from the Armenian army positions in Voskevan village and on nameless hills in Noyemberyan district, in Berkaber village of Ijevan district, in Chinari village and on nameless hills in Berd district and on nameless hills in Krasnoselsk district.
The positions of Azerbaijan’s Armed Forces were also fired from positions of Armenian military units located near the occupied Chilaburt, Yarimja villages of Terter district, Shuraabad, Taghibeyli, Bash Garvand, Garagashli, Shirvanli, Novruzlu, YusifjanlÄ±, Marzili villages of Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village of Khojavend district, Ashaghi Veysalli, Garvand, Garakhanbayli, Ashaghi Seyidahmadli, Horadiz villages of Fuzuli district, Nuzgar village of Jabrayil district, as well as from positions located on nameless hills in Goygol, Goranboy, Terter, Khojavend 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.