BAKU, April 8. /TASS/. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry in a statement on Friday accused the Armenian Armed Forces of violating the ceasefire regime at different parts of the front, using 60mm mortars and large-caliber automated guns 110 times over the past 24 hours.
The ministry reported fire on positions of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces at the border between the countries and in Karabakh.
"In accordance with the operative situation, the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan delivered 114 fire strikes on the enemy’s positions and trenches," the statement reads.
Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan said on Thursday that his country would remain committed to its obligation to guard the security of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Abrahamyan also accused Azerbaijan of acting in accordance with a premeditated plan aimed at aggravating the situation around 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 the ceasefire violations. On Tuesday, chiefs of Armenian and Azeri Armed Forces’ General Staffs reached an agreement to cease fire at 11.00 Moscow time (08.00 am UTC) 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.