YEREVAN, May 7. /TASS/. Azerbaijani forces have violated the ceasefire regime on the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh last night, Armenian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.
According to the defense ministry, Azerbaijani forces "continued to violated the agreement on ceasefire by using firearms of different caliber and mortars of 82mm caliber." "The units of Nagorno-Karabakh’s defense army exercise restraint and resort to response measures only in case of emergency," the ministry noted.
The Azerbaijani side has not yet commented on the matter.
On Saturday, April 2, the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh rapidly deteriorated when the parties to the Karabakh conflict accused each other of violating truce along the front line. The claims came from defense authorities of Armenia and of Azerbaijan.
On April 5 Azerbaijan’s Chief of Staff Col. Gen. Nadjmeddin Sadykov and his Armenian counterpart Col. Gen. Yury Khachaturov in Moscow with Russia’s mediation. At the talks the sides reached an agreement on cessation of hostilities at the contact line between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces. On the same day, the defense ministries of the two countries announced that the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh would start at 12am local time.
Though the ceasefire mostly holds, both sides continue to report occasional violations of ceasefire on the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh.