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Armenian soldiers. AP Photo

Armenian soldiers. AP Photo

Azerbaijani troops killed three Armenian soldiers on Monday during an alleged incursion attempt on the border between the enemy ex-Soviet states, the defense ministry in Yerevan said.
 
"On June 4, the Azerbaijani side once again roughly violated the ceasefire, attempting to penetrate Armenian positions," a ministry statement said.
 
"Their diversionary offensive was stopped and the enemy was forced to retreat, suffering losses," it said.
 
The ministry said six Armenian soldiers had also been wounded in the border skirmish. There were no details on any Azerbaijani losses.
 
Azerbaijani media reported however that the three deaths were caused by an Armenian army "provocation" that was repelled.
 
The clash erupted in Armenia's northeastern Tavush region, where three other servicemen died during an alleged Azerbaijani attack in April.
 
The two neighbours are locked in a bitter dispute over the region of Nagorny Karabakh, which Armenian separatists backed by Yerevan seized from Azerbaijan in a war in the 1990s that left some 30,000 people dead.
 
Despite years of negotiations since the 1994 ceasefire, the two sides have not yet signed a final peace deal, and there are still frequent exchanges of gunfire between the opposing armies.
 
Baku has threatened to use force to win back Karabakh if peace talks fail to yield satisfactory results, but Yerevan has warned of large-scale retaliation against any military action.

June/04/2012

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greg sarkisian

6/12/2012 5:40:10 PM

Nice rant Kemal. I took the liberty of replacing "Azeri" with "Armenian" and "Nagorno Karabagh" in your comment. "God be with you brave Armenian brothers, I wish I could be at your side, shoulder to shoulder fighting these criminals who are threatening sacred Armenian land. Victory to Nagorno Karabagh, long live our Armenian brothers!" Now look into a mirror, and repeat your statement using your original words, and then using the replacement words. Bet u don't have the guts to do it.

kemal H

6/10/2012 6:07:51 PM

God be with you brave Azeri brothers, I wish I could be at your side, shoulder to shoulder fighting these criminals who are occupying sacred Azeri land. Victory to Azerbaijan, long live our Azeri brothers.

greg sarkisian

6/4/2012 5:59:01 PM

point of interesting trivia, i have cousins in tavush, and if you examine satellite imagery, you can see that the azeri trenches actually cross the internationally recognized border, into Tavush itself. Basically, the azeri's are trying to dig their way uphill onto ridge tops that overlook the tavush valleys. They probably figure from there, they can start something that draws forces away from NKR, then try to Knock out NKR from the east. it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Murat

6/4/2012 5:04:18 PM

Terrible. Surrounded by meyhem in all directions. It is unfortunate that Turkey could not play a more constructive role to resolve this conflict. Of course, it is hard to move forward when a large chunk of Azerbeycan is invaded and cleansed of its local and native population.
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