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Armenian, Georgian defense ministers stress necessity of establishing peace in Karabakh

April 03, 21:47 UTC+3 YEREVAN
On Saturday, the parties to the Karabakh conflict accused each other of violating truce along the contact line
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YEREVAN, April 3. /TASS/. The situation at the line of contact in Nagorno-Karabakh was in the focus of a telephone conversation between Armenia’s Defense Minister Seiran Oganyan and his Georgian counterpart Tinatin Khidasheli, a spokesman for the Armenian defense ministry said on Sunday.

"Both sides stressed the necessity of establishing peace," the spokesman said.

Earlier on Sunday, Oganyan discussed the situation over Nagorno-Karabakh with Iranian Defense Minister Hosein Dehqan. "The sides expressed concern over the deterioration of the situation along the line of engagement of the Armenian and Azerbaijani forces," a spokesman for the Armenian defense ministry told TASS on Sunday after their telephone conversation.

On Saturday, the parties to the Karabakh conflict accused each other of violating truce along the contact line. The claims came from defense authorities of Armenia and of Azerbaijan.

The conflict between neighboring Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory that had been part of Azerbaijan before the Soviet Union break-up but was mainly populated by Armenians, broke out in the late 1980s.

In 1991-1994, the confrontation spilled over into large-scale military action for control over the enclave and some adjacent territories. Thousands left their homes on both sides in a conflict that killed 30,000. A truce was called between Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh republic on one side and Azerbaijan on the other in May 1994.

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