47 Armenian soldiers killed in skirmishes in Nagorno-Karabakh: reports
Azerbaijani President İlham Aliyev (Photo: Today's Zaman)
The Azerbaijani army has killed 47 Armenian soldiers, while over 100 more have been injured, in the latest border skirmishes in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, according to the Azerbaijan Press Agency (APA).
Fighting in the region resumed after the Armenian army broke a cease-fire, declared 20 years ago, by launching an attack on Azerbaijani territory in early August.
The status of Nagorno-Karabakh -- a predominantly Armenian-populated enclave in Azerbaijan -- and seven adjacent provinces is a seemingly intractable problem in the South Caucasus. Diplomatic efforts to find a lasting solution to the conflict have failed over the past 20 years after Armenia occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory in the early 1990s, including Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 in solidarity with Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijani President İlham Aliyev has paid a visit to the Azerbaijani soldiers in the region, praising their heroic fight.