YEREVAN, June 11. /ARKA/. The recent sabotages of Azerbaijan on the border with Armenia and contact line with Nagorno-Karabakh imply Azerbaijan’s dissatisfaction with the status quo and this country’s attempts to distract the attention of its population from the home issues, the Armenian National Assembly deputy Vardan Hayvazyan said.
Over the last few days the skirmishes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border as well as in the contact line between Karabakh and Azerbaijani forces resulted in deaths of soldiers.
The attempts of the Azerbaijani saboteurs to infiltrate Armenia’s north-eastern Tavush region bordering Azerbaijan as well as Nagorno-Karabakh borders caused in 25 deaths of Azeri soldiers. The Armenian and Karabakh army lost four soldiers, eight were wounded
Hayvazyan added that currently Azerbaijan is facing a number of issues related to escalation of Iranian-Azerbaijani relations, oil zones control and USD rate stabilization.
The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh broke out in 1988 after the predominantly Armenian-populated Karabakh declared about secession from Azerbaijan.
As Azerbaijan declared its independence from the Soviet Union and removed the powers held by the Karabakh’s government, the Armenian majority voted in 1991, December 10, to secede from Azerbaijan and in the process proclaimed the enclave the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. Full-scale fighting, initiated by Azerbaijan, erupted in the late winter of 1992. International mediation by several groups including Europe's OSCE’s failed to bring an end resolution that both sides could work with. In the spring of 1993, Armenian forces captured regions outside the enclave itself. By the end of the war in 1994, the Armenians were in full control of most of the enclave and also held and currently control seven regions beyond the administrative borders of Nagorno-Karabakh. Almost 1 million people on both sides have been displaced as a result of the conflict. A Russian- -brokered ceasefire was signed in May 1994 and peace talks, mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group, have been held ever since by Armenia and Azerbaijan. -0-