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Armenia reports to OSCE Minsk Group aggravation of Nagorno Karabakh conflict

February 25, 14:24 UTC+3 YEREVAN

Meanwhile, Armenia’s Defense Ministry rejected accusations from Azerbaijan of military aggression in the Karabakh conflict’s area

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YEREVAN, February 25. /TASS/. Armenia has informed co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno Karabakh about the tension along the engagement line there.

"Armenia’s Foreign Ministry has informed co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno Karabakh about aggravation of the situation along the line of engagement in the conflict area, which happened last night," the republic’s envoy Tigran Balayan told TASS on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Armenia’s Defense Ministry rejected accusations from Azerbaijan of military aggression in the Karabakh conflict’s area.

The situation along the line of engagement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone deteriorated dramatically overnight to April 2, 2016 when fierce clashes began. The parties to the conflict accused each other of violating the truce.

On April 5, 2016, Azerbaijan’s Chief of Staff Nadjmeddin Sadykov and his Armenian counterpart Yury Khachaturov met in Moscow with Russia’s mediation. At the talks the sides came to an agreement on cessation of hostilities at the line of engagement between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces. On the same day, the two countries’ defense ministries announced that the ceasefire regime in Nagorno-Karabakh would start at 12am local time. Since then, the parties to the conflict have been accusing each other of violating the ceasefire agreement.

The participants of talks on Nagorno-Karabakh in Vienna on May 16, 2016, involving the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia and mediated by the foreign ministers from the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries agreed to observe ceasefire in the region in compliance with the 1994-1995 accords. The parties to the conflict also agreed to complete as soon as possible the work on an OSCE tool on investigating incidents on the contact line.

In a trilateral statement adopted on June 20, 2016, following a summit of Russian Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents in St. Petersburg, the sides confirmed their commitment to the normalization of the situation along the engagement line in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Russia, France and the U.S. 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.

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