Clashes continue between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

Fighting continued in the largest clashes in years between Armenia and the neighboring Azerbaijan, while bombing was reported in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

For its part, the Azerbaijani army announced on Monday, that it has “liberated” many strategically important areas in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh region.

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense said in a statement that “many high lands of importance around Talysh village have been cleared of the occupation forces, and the enemy has suffered heavy losses”.

The clashes began at the weekend, when it was announced that at least 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded. 

The two sides exchanged accusations about the escalation of the fighting.

It is noteworthy that Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized within the borders of Azerbaijan, which has a Muslim majority, but is controlled by Armenian Christian separatists.

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh preceded and began in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region declared its secession from the Azerbaijan SSR at that time.

In the context of the armed confrontation that took place between 1992 and 1994, Azerbaijan lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven other adjacent regions. 

Since 1992, the issue of a peaceful settlement of this conflict has been the subject of negotiations within the framework of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, headed by three co-presidents – Russia, the United States and France.