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Armenia cuts front line silence with heavy fire

14 July 2014 [11:22] - TODAY.AZ
The ceasefire on the Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line was broken 29 times in numerous positions last night, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on July 14.

The armed forces of Armenia, located in the village of Berkaber of Armenia's Ijevan region, opened fire at the positions of Azerbaijani armed forces located in the village of Gizilhajili of Gazakh region.

At the same time, the Azerbaijani positions, located in the villages of Munjuglu, Alibeyli and Hajili of Tovuz region, took fire from the positions located in the village of Aygepar and at the nameless heights of Armenia's Berd region.

Moreover, the Azerbaijani positions underwent fire from the positions located at the nameless heights and near the villages of Yusifjanli, Shikhlar, Bash Gervend, Merzili, Sarijali of Aghdam, Ashagi Abdurrahmanli, Ashagi Veyselli of Fizuli, Kuropatkino of Khojavend and Tapgaragoyunlu of Goranboy region.

The opposing side 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 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.

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