By Rashid Shirinov
The Azerbaijani Armed Forces prevented another attempt of sabotage region by a subversive group of the Armenian Armed Forces on February 12 in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry reported that the group was identified in advance and destroyed. Azerbaijani Armed Forces control the operational situation on the frontline, according to the ministry.
This is the second sabotage attempt of the aggressor country since early 2017.
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. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group, led by Russia, the United States and France. However, it brought no convincing results so far.
The Armenian side constantly violates truce and targets Azerbaijani soldiers and even civilians ever since the ceasefire agreement was reached between the parties to the conflict.
The occupant country still controls fifth part of Azerbaijan's territory and rejects implementing four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts.
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