YEREVAN, August 7. /ARKA/. Azerbaijan has breached ceasefire regime since the beginning of this year, since in 2013 only 13,000 cases were recorded, Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan said Thursday presenting things in the Karabakh conflict zone at a regular cabinet meeting.
“The Azerbaijani side made 26 raids in 2014, of which 15% over a period between mid-July and August,” the minister is quoted by Novosti-Armenia. “Today tension remains and Azerbaijan keeps violating the cease-fire regime intensively. It is also violating the troop movement rules on the contact line and rear areas.”
Ohanyan said settlements are under fire now. He said that along with raids, Azerbaijan is taking also other actions, such as transition to confinement to barracks, dislocation of weapons and military equipment, intensification of aircrafts and drones’ flights along the contact line and the launch of a vigorous propaganda campaign.
The minister said all these actions are taken for putting pressure on the talks and ridding the country of the looser complex. He said Armenian troops are on high alert now, especially in nighttime.
Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan, on his side, extended condolences to families of the fallen servicemen and proposed the ministers to pause to remember them.
In recent days, raids from the Azerbaijani side became frequent. As a result, 25 Azerbaijani and six Nagorno-Karabakh servicemen have been killed.
Karabakh conflict broke out in 1988 when Karabakh, mainly populated by Armenians, declared its independence from Azerbaijan.
On December 10, 1991, a few days after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a referendum took place in Nagorno-Karabakh, and the majority of the population (99.89%) voted for secession from Azerbaijan.
Afterwards, large-scale military operations began. As a result, Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven regions adjacent to it.
Some 30,000 people were killed in this war and about one million people fled their homes. On May 12, 1994, the Bishkek cease-fire agreement put an end to the military operations.
Since 1992, talks brokered by OSCE Minsk Group are being held over peaceful settlement of the conflict. The group is co-chaired by USA, Russia and France..-0---