Mnatsakanyan discusses with Lavrov situation on Armenia-Azerbaijan border

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YEREVAN, August 27. /ARKA/. Armenian Foreign Ministers Zohrab Mnatsakanyan had a telephone talk with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday, the press service of the Armenian foreign ministry reports.

Mnatsakanyan and Lavrov discussed regional events after the July fighting on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border and in this context the situation around the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. Mnatsakanyan stressed the importance of the Armenian-Russian cooperation aimed at maintaining peace, stability and security in the region.

The two countries’ foreign ministers also exchanged views on the Armenian-Russian allied relations.

Escalation on Armenian-Azerbaijani Border

On the northeastern direction of the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border in the Tavush region, on July 12-17, the Azerbaijani troops fired at Armenian strongpoints, several villages and the city of Berd using tanks, heavy artillery and drones. Units of Armenia’s army suppressed the activity of the enemy, destroying the control system of the UAVs of Azerbaijan’s armed forces and 13 unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as disabling the tank and artillery batteries.

From the Armenian side, five servicemen were killed. Civilian infrastructures and houses of civilians in Tavush were damaged. Azerbaijan officially confirmed the death of 12 soldiers. The Armenian side reported the deaths of at least 10 officers at Azerbaijani special forces. A comparative calm has been observed on the border since July 17.

About Karabakh Conflict

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.

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