BAKU, September 26. /TASS/. One serviceman of the Azerbaijani army was killed and three were wounded Friday in a clash in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said in a statement Saturday.
The statement said the country’s Defense Ministry blamed escalation of tensions on the Armenian side.
Nagorno-Karabakh sought independence from Azerbaijan at the end of the 1980s, which resulted in a war between Azerbaijan and Armenia that claimed the lives of 25,000-30,000 people between 1988 and 1994. Since then, the territory has been controlled by Armenia.
The OSCE Minsk Group acts as a mediator. It is a mechanism designed to promote a peace solution to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.
The group is led by co-chairs France, Russia and the United States. It also comprises Belarus, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland, and Turkey, as well as Armenia and Azerbaijan.