Azerbaijani Defense Ministry: Armenian Armed Forces shell Tartar region's villages

Azerbaijani Defense Ministry: Armenian Armed Forces shell Tartar region's villages

The Armenian armed forces have shelled Azerbaijan's Terter district yesterday evening by using 82-mm and 120-mm mortars, 122-mm howitzers BМ-21 multiple rocket launchers, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said.

The Azerbaijani Armed Forces inflicted strikes only on Armenian military facilities, the ministry noted.

Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry stressed that the criminal military and political leadership of Armenia bears responsibility for any incident that can occur on the line of contact.

Recall, on the night of April 2 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.

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