The serviceman of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, Lieutenant Sabuhi Azizov, who was killed by an Armenian sniper during a combat mission on January 27, was buried in the village of Teklemirzababa in the Gobustan region.
The Defense Ministry reported that the deputy head of the military and psychological training department and spokesman for the Defense Ministry, Colonel Abdulla Gurbani delivered a speech at the farewell ceremony held on January 29. He spoke about the young officer's glorious path.
Azizov was a graduate of the Azerbaijan Higher Military School named after Heydar Aliyev.
Gurbani noted that based on an order made by Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov, Lieutenant Azizov was awarded with 3rd class Medal "For Distinguished Military Service" for personal courage in the battle-field
The medal was awarded to the father of the deceased officer.
Head of the Azerbaijan Higher Military School named after Heydar Aliyev, Maj. Gen. Heydar Piriyev, and the head of Gobustan executive power, Agil Mammadov also delivered speech at the ceremony.
The situation on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops has recently escalated. Armenian armed forces have recently violated the ceasefire about 1,000 times.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia 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.