Armenian Army kills two Azeri soldiers in clashes

Armenian Army kills two Azeri soldiers in border clashes, says Azerbaijan's defence ministry

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Karabakh soldiers return to their positions during military exercises outside Stepanakert in Karabakh, Azerbaijan, April 19, 2006.

Updated Apr 3, 2016

Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said on Monday that the Armenian Army killed two Azari soldiers in clashes on the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The ministry said that the soldiers were killed on Sunday as Armenians tried to cross the state border into Azerbaijan’s Qazax region.

Since the beginning of the year, seven Azari soldiers have been killed along the border, the statement added.

Sporadic clashes between the two have thwarted international efforts, led by France, Russia and the United States, to end the dispute that broke out in the dying years of the Soviet Union and killed about 30,000 people.

The conflict between the two countries started with Armenia's territorial claims against Azerbaijan in 1988. A war quickly broke out and the Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Karabakh region and seven of its surrounding districts.

The origin of the clashes had been rooted in a profound conflict concerning the status quo of the Karabakh region, located in Azerbaijan, following World War One.

Eventually, the Karabakh Autonomous Region was established within Azerbaijan by the Soviet Union in 1924. The problem had not emerged in an explosive fashion during the Soviet era.

During the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, the question re-emerged and clashes began between ethnic Azerbaijanis and Armenians in November 1988. The clashes continued on and off, killing 30,000 people, until both countries earned their own independent states in 1991.

Azerbaijan and Armenia reached an unofficial cease-fire in May 1994 through the Russian mediation. During the conflict, the Russians reportedly supported the Armenian military.

Armenia has not yet applied to the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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