YEREVAN/BAKU, August 2 (RIA Novosti) – Armenia’s Defense Ministry on Saturday called to stabilize situation in the breakaway republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is at the center of the territorial dispute between Armenia and neighboring Azerbaijan.
On Thursday, the troops of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh republic said two soldiers were killed on the border, while Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry claimed nine Azeri soldiers to be killed.
“In the past days, the situation along the line of contact of Armed Forces of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan sharply deteriorated,” the ministry said adding that “every day the number of casualties on both sides is growing.”
The Armenian Defense Ministry has called on Azerbaijan to intensify efforts to stabilize the situation along the contact line of Nagorno-Karabakh with Azerbaijan, where tensions have been running high over the past few days.
Armenia and Azerbaijan are still technically at war after the conflict over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the early 1990s left some 30,000 people dead. A ceasefire was agreed on in 1994, but a permanent peace deal has still not been signed.