YEREVAN, August 16. /ARKA/. At least one Azerbaijani serviceman was killed on August 16 overnight in a fresh shootout between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border section near Sev Lich in the southern Armenian province of Syunik, the Armenian Defense Ministry said today.
It said the Azerbaijani armed forces tried to advance their positions, but were made to retreat to their original positions by the retaliatory actions of the Armenian troops.
“During the shooting, at least one of the enemy’s soldiers was killed. There are no casualties on the Armenian side,” the Defense Ministry said.
Azerbaijani forces had advanced 3.5 kilometers into Armenia’s Syunik province early on May 12 and also breached two other sections of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border in Sisian and Vardenis on May 13 under the pretext of ‘clarification of border.’ Some of them are still on the Armenian territory
Armenia has officially asked the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to take action against Azerbaijani incursions into its territory.
On May 25, an Armenian contract serviceman V. Khurshudyan was fatally wounded in a shootout that began after Azerbaijani troops fired shots at an Armenian military post near Verin Shorzha village.
On May 27, Azerbaijani troops advanced 800 meters into the Armenian territory surrounded and captured 6 Armenian servicemen who were carrying out engineering work to beef up the protection of the border in Gegharkunik province.
On the same day Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan suggested that international observers from Russia or other Minsk Group countries be deployed at Sotk-Khoznavar section on Armenia’s border with Azerbaijan.
Speaking at a Security Council meeting later in the day Pashinyan said his proposal was prompted by the tension that has reached an explosive point in that section of the border.
He said his proposal is addressed to the international community and the government of Azerbaijan- Azerbaijan and Armenia must agree to pull back their troops from the border to their permanent deployment places, so that international observers from Russia or other OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing county (France or the United States) be deployed along the entire section of the border.
In one of the deadliest shootout since the end of the 44-day war in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone last autumn, three Armenian soldiers were been killed and several others were wounded on July 28 morning.
Later that day both sides accepted a Russian ceasefire proposal to try to calm tensions.
Armenia’s Foreign Ministry accused Azerbaijani side of deliberately escalating the situation as its forces remain illegally on Armenia’s sovereign territory.
The Armenian village of Yeraskh, located on the border with Azerbaijani exclave Nakhichevan, has been under the fire of the Azerbaijani troops from July 14. The interstate M2 highway connecting the north of Armenia with the south, Nagorno-Karabakh and Iran runs through Yeraskh. To the west of Yeraskh is the Armenian-Turkish state border. -0