Armenian troops breach ceasefire in numerous directions

Armenian Armed Forces broke ceasefire with Azerbaijani side again last night, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported on April 14.

The armed forces of Armenia opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces from the positions located near the villages of Yusifjanli, Shirvanli, Novruzlu, Bash Garvand, Kengerli, Shuraabad, Shikhlar of Agdam region and Kuropatkino of Khojavend region.

The Azerbaijani Armed forces silenced the opposing side with return fire.

Meanwhile, under the mandate of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative, monitoring on Azerbaijani and Armenian troops’ contact line, located near the village of Alibeyli of Azerbaijan’s Tovuz region, is expected to be held on April 15.

On the Azerbaijani side, the monitoring will be held by OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative Andrzej Kasprzyk, field assistants Evgeny Sharov and Peter Svedberg.

On the opposite side, the monitoring will be conducted by field assistants of OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative, Hristo Hristov and Jiri Aberle.

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 U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

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