Azerbaijan: Armenia lost more than 10 servicemen this month

Azerbaijan: Armenia lost more than 10 servicemen this month
# 26 January 2017 09:19 (UTC +04:00)

Armenian army has lost more than 10 servicemen since early 2017, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry told APA on Jan. 26.


The figures on military causalities revealed by head of the Armenian Armed Forces’ Medical Department Kamavor Khachatryan do not correspond to reality, the Azerbaijani ministry said.  


"At least 320 Armenian soldiers were killed and 500 more were wounded during the April battles," the defense ministry said. "Even some Armenian independent experts indirectly confirmed the figures suggested by the Azerbaijani side." 


“150 Armenian soldiers who were seriously wounded in the April battles are still receiving treatment in Armenia and other countries,” the Azerbaijani ministry said, adding that the Armenian army has lost more than 10 servicemen since the beginning of 2017.


In early April 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. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.


As a result of this successful counteroffensive, more than 2,000 hectares of territory were liberated from the Armenian occupation.


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.