STEPANAKERT, January 29. /ARKA/. A twenty-year-old Karabakh soldier Karen Galstyan was killed Tuesday from a shot by sniper, the press office of Karabakh ministry of defense reported.
The man was at an action post in a defense section of one of the military units in the north when he got a fatal wound from a sniper shot on January 28, says the report.
The investigation is under way to establish the circumstances of the incident, according to the report.
The ministry of defense of NKR offers their condolences to the family and friends of Karen Galstyan, says the report.
The Karabakh conflict started in 1988 when prevailingly Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh declared withdrawal from Azerbaijan. On December 10, 1991, a referendum was held in Nagorno-Karabakh where 99.89% voted for independence from Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan responded by large-scale military operations that led to loss of control not only over Nagorno-Karabakh itself, but also over seven adjoining areas. About 25-30 thousand people were killed and about a million had to leave their homes during the military operations.
A trilateral cease-fire agreement was signed on May 12, 2004, and has been followed since then.
The ongoing Karabakh peace process started in 1992 under auspices of OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by the USA, Russia and France. –0--