Armenian military violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan

The situation on the contact line between Azerbaijan and Armenia has remained tense as the Armenian Armed Forces shattered ceasefire a total of 44 times throughout the day, Azerbaijan`s Defence Ministry reported on December 23.

Armenian military located in the village of Aygepar and nameless heights of the Berd district of Armenia, opened fire at the Azerbaijani armed forces located in the villages of Kohanabi and Alibeyli of Tovuz district.

Armenian soldiers stationed in the village of Paravakar and nameless heights of Ijevan district of Armenia fired at Azerbaijani military positions in the village of Kohnegishlag of Aghstafa district and the nameless heights in the Gazakh district.

Azerbaijani armed forces were also fired at from the positions near the Tapgaragoyunlu village of Goranboy district, Chilebord and Gizil Oba villages of Terter district, Yusifjanli, Marzili, Sarijali and Kengerli villages of Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand district, Horadiz village of Garakhanbeyli district, Gorgan, Ashagi Seyidahmadli, Ashagi Veysalli, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli villages of Fizuli district and Mehdili village of Jabrail district.

Aside from that, the Azerbaijani military’s positions were fired at from the positions on nameless heights of Goranboy, Khojavand, Fuzuli and Jabrail districts.

The enemy was silenced with return fire.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council’s four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.