Armenian Armed Forces continue shelling in Karabakh

Armenian Armed Forces continue shelling in Karabakh

The head of the press service of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, Vagif Dargahli, has spoken about numerous ceasefire violations in the Nagorno-Karabakh region by the Armenian Armed Forces.

"Over the past 24 hours the Armenian side has violated the ceasefire regime 119 times in all directions along the line of contact in Karabakh. The Armenian military was using 60, 82 and 120-millimeter mortars and machine-guns.The Azerbaijani side is observing the ceasefire agreement," he said.

The Azerbaijani armed forces carried out 125 strikes on Armenian positions in response.

Recall, on the night of April 2nd all frontier positions of Azerbaijan were exposed to heavy fire from large-caliber weapons, mortars, grenade launchers and guns. In addition, Azerbaijani settlements near the front line, densely populated by civilians, were shelled.

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% 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 withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.