Press TV, Iran
Jan 3 2015

Armenia army says two soldiers killed in Karabakh clashes


At least two Armenian soldiers have been killed and another injured in
the latest round of clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in
the disputed mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Armenian army announced on Saturday that Karen Grigorian and
Vartan Mkrtchian were shot dead. The wounded was identified as Volodya
Harutiunian.

The soldiers were repelling Azerbaijani commando raids in two sections
of the Line of Contact between Karabakh and Azerbaijan.

Following the incident, Armenia's Defense Ministry issued a statement
warning that any "provocation by Azerbaijan...will be strictly
punished...."

Multiple confrontations between Baku and Yerevan over Nagorno-Karabakh
left tens of troops dead from both sides last year.

The two ex-Soviet Caucasus nations claim the territory of
Nagorno-Karabakh, which is largely populated by Armenians but located
in Azerbaijan.

Ethnic Armenian forces took control over the enclave, which accounts
for 16 percent of Azerbaijan territory, in the early 1990s during a
six-year war that took place from February 1988 to May 1994.

The conflict left an estimated 30,000 people dead and one million
displaced before the two sides agreed to a ceasefire in 1994. A
permanent peace accord has never been inked and the dispute still
remains unsettled.

Azerbaijan has threatened to take back the region by force if
negotiations between the two sides fail to yield results.

MP/HSN/SS

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