Armenia continues violating ceasefire with Azerbaijan

Armenia continues violating ceasefire with Azerbaijan
# 14 January 2017 07:20 (UTC +04:00)

Over the past 24 hours, Armenia’s Armed Forces have 38 times violated the ceasefire in different directions along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, said Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry on Jan. 14, APA reported.

The Azerbaijani army positions located in Gushchu Ayrim village and on the nameless heights of Azerbaijan’s Gazakh district, Alibayli, Aghdam, Aghbulag, Kokhanabi villages of Tovuz district, Garavalilar village of Gadabay district underwent fire from the Armenian army positions located on the nameless heights of Ijevan district, in Voskevan village of the Noyemberyan district, in Aygepar, Mosesgeh, Chinari villages and on the nameless heights of Armenia’s Berd district, as well as on the nameless heights of Krasnoselsk district of Armenia.

Moreover, the Azerbaijani army positions underwent fire from the Armenian positions located near the Armenian-occupied Goyarkh, Chilaburt villages of Tartar district, Shikhlar village of Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand district, Horadiz village of Fuzuli district, Mehdili village of Jabrayil district, as well as from the nameless heights in Goranboy, Tartar, Khojavand, Jabrayil 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, including 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.