Azerbaijan: Nagorno-Karabakh separatists violated ceasefire 119 times in 24 hours

Published April 7th, 2016 - 11:30 GMT
Soldiers of the defense army of Nagorno Karabakh gather in the village of Mataghis, some 70km north of Karabakh's capital Stepanakert, on April 6, 2016. (AFP/Karen Minasyan)
Soldiers of the defense army of Nagorno Karabakh gather in the village of Mataghis, some 70km north of Karabakh's capital Stepanakert, on April 6, 2016. (AFP/Karen Minasyan)

After two days of clashes in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijan says it will stop fighting the Armenian-backed separatists, but the gesture was denounced by Armenia, saying violence was continuing.

Azerbaijan has also accused separatists of violating the fragile ceasefire 119 times in the last 24 hours, Al Jazeera reported.

This week's violence was a revival of a longstanding conflict between the mainly Muslim Azeris and their Christian, ethnic Armenia neighbors. The ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh lies inside the territory of Azerbaijan, and its autonomy is recognized only by Armenia.

Yerevan-backed separatists seized control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the early 1990s in a war that claimed some 30,000 lives. A peace deal has never been signed despite the 1994 ceasefire.


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