The Occupation in Figures
Nagorno-Karabakh: 1988-1992, territory 4400 km2; Shusha: may 08, 1992, territory 289 km2; Lachin: may 18, 1992, territory 1840 km2; Kalbajar: april 2, 1993, territory 3054 km2; Aghdam: july 23, 1993, territory 1150 km2; Fizuli: august 23, 1993, territory 1390 km2; Jabrayil: august 23, 1993, territory 1050 km2; Gubadli: august 31, 1993, territory 802 km2; Zangilan: october 29, 1993, territory 707 km2.

Azerbaijan says Armenia artificially exacerbates situation on contact line

Azerbaijan says Armenia artificially exacerbates situation on contact line



The information spread by the Armenian side that allegedly, Armenian civilians suffered as a result of the shelling by Azerbaijani armed forces, is false, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry told Trend March 26.

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry denies these allegations of Armenians who suffer losses in manpower and military equipment.

Azerbaijani armed forces hold only the positions, trenches, military facilities, vehicles and communications of the enemy at gunpoint, according to the ministry.

“Each time, following the visit of representatives of Armenia’s military and political regime to the front line, the tension on the contact line increases, which is aimed at artificially exacerbating the situation,” said the Defense Ministry.

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 two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.