Azeri-Armenian clash leaves 5 soliders dead

Azeri and Armenian soldiers on Thursday clashed near the Azerbaijan region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Azeri-Armenian clash leaves 5 soliders dead

Azeri and Armenian soldiers on Thursday clashed near the Azerbaijan region of Nagorno-Karabakh, 5 Armenian soldiers dead, Azeri media reported.

Azeri land has been under Armenian occupation in early 1990s in which nearly 30,000 people died and 2 million were forced to flee their homes.
Shootings between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the region remain common despite a 1994 cease fire.

Tensions in the region are rising as Turkey, Armenia make progress towards opening their joint border and establishing diplomatic relations.

Azerbaijan's ANS Press news agency said the fighting took place in the Agdam district, next to Nagorno-Karabakh, which was occupied by Armenia in the early 1990s.

Agdam is one of seven Azeri districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh and is held by Armenian forces.

The defence ministries of Azerbaijan and Armenia could not immediately be reached for comment but a spokesman for the Nagorno-Karabakh Defence Ministry said the report was false.

Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the area ended in 1994 when a ceasefire was signed. The two sides are still technically at war because no peace treaty has been signed.

Turkey and Armenia said last month they had agreed to establish diplomatic ties and open the border. Their presidents are due to sign the accords in mid-October, before submitting them to the Turkish and Armenian parliaments for approval.

Under the deal, the border should reopen within two months of ratification, possibly by New Year.

Agencies

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