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Yerevan accuses Azerbaijan of shelling villages in northeastern Armenia
Armenia's Defense Ministry has accused Azerbaijan's forces of shelling the positions and settlements in Armenia's northeast and east overnight to Friday.
The villages of Karmirgyuh and Baganis came under shelling carried out from 122 mm mortars and a tripod-mounted man-portable antitank gun. "Fortunately, there are no casualties," the ministry's official spokesman, Artsrun Oganesyan, told TASS.
The situation along the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone deteriorated dramatically overnight to April 2 when fierce clashes began. The parties to the conflict accused each other of violating the truce.
Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry earlier on Friday accused the Armenian Armed Forces of violating the ceasefire regime at different parts of the front 110 times over the past 24 hours. Meanwile, according to the country's defense ministry, Azerbaijan's armed forces delivered 114 fire strikes at positions in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Overnight to April 2, hostilities erupted on the line disengaging warring sides in Nagorno-Karabakh. Later, the parties to the conflict accused each other of ceasefire violations.
At a meeting of chiefs of General Staff of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Moscow an agreement was reached on the ceasefire from 11:00 a.m. Moscow time (0800GMT) on April 5.
The highland region of Nagorno-Karabakh (Mountainous Karabakh) is a mostly Armenian-populated enclave inside the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan. It was the first zone of inter-ethnic tensions and violence to appear on the map of the former USSR.
Even almost a quarter of a century after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Karabakh remains a so-called 'frozen conflict' on the post-Soviet space, as the region is the subject of a dispute between Azerbaijan and the local Armenian population that draws on strong support from fellow-countrymen in neighboring Armenia.
In 1988, hostilities broke out there between the forces reporting to the government in Baku and Armenian residents, which resulted in the region's de facto independence.
In 1994 a ceasefire was reached but the relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia remain strained ever since then.
Russia, France and the US co-chair the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which attempts to broker an end to hostilities and the conflict.
[Source: Itar Tass, Yerevan, 08Apr16]
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