Karabakh army prepared to respond to Azerbaijani aggression – ministry of defense
STEPANAKERT, August 5. /ARKA/. The frontline divisions of Karabakh army of defense are in control of the state border situation are prepared to deliver a crippling blow in case of aggression by Azerbaijan, says the statement by the ministry of defense of Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR).
The ministry says in the period from August 4 to 5, Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire agreement about 400 times on the line of contact with NKR. Over 6,500 shots were fired at Karabakh positions during the period.
Over the last days Azerbaijan has largely intensified its military efforts along the line of contact with Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR). Over 25 Azerbaijani and five Karabakh servicemen were killed in the latest raid operations and attempts by Azerbaijani troops to attack Karabakh’s positions.
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 thousands 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-