Over the past 24 hours, Armenia’s armed forces have 58 times violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops using 60 and 82 millimeter mortars and large-caliber machine guns, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry reported on December 31.
The Azerbaijani army positions located in Gizilhajili, Gaymagl?, Ashaghi Askipara villages of Gazakh district, Aghdam, Alibayli, Aghbulag, Kokhanabi, Munjuglu villages and nameless hills in Tovuz district and nameless hills of Gedebey district fire from the Armenian positions located in Berkaber village in Ijevan district, Barekamavan, Voskepar villages in Noyemberyan district, in Aygepar, Mosesgekh, Chinari villages and in nameless hills in Berd district, in nameless hills in Krasnoselsk district.
Moreover, the Azerbaijani army positions also took fire from the Armenian positions located near the Armenian-occupied Goyarkh village of Tartar district, Shuraabad village of Aghdam district, as well as from positions located in the nameless hills in Goygol, Goranboy, Tartar, Khojavand, Fuzuli and Jabrayil districts.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.