Azerbaijan`s Defense Ministry said Armenian separatist forces continued to fire on military positions and villages near the front line, despite a ceasefire unilaterally declared by Azerbaijan on Sunday. The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, which is committed to an exclusively peaceful settlement of the conflict and is doing everything in its power to fully restore the ceasefire, is also ready to put an end to all attempts by Azerbaijan to unleash further aggression. « There is no doubt – this is an extraordinary agreement, » said Konstantin E. Voyevodsky, a Karabakh expert. « Such a ceasefire has never existed, with observation posts and peacekeeping forces. We can assume that the peacekeeper – Russia – is more serious than before. Note: The text was adopted on 9 May by Mr Mamedov in Baku, on 10 May 1994 by P. Sargsyan signed in Yerevan and S. Babayan in Stepanakert. Others reacted with dismay. « This is not so much an agreement as an act of capitulation by Azerbaijan, » said Arif Yusunov, an Azerbaijani military historian and opponent. « 22 years ago, on 12 May 1994, a permanent agreement on a ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, signed by the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia through the Russian Federation, entered into force. This agreement, together with the trilateral agreement of 6 February 1995 to strengthen the ceasefire signed under the auspices of the OSCE, remains the only real achievement that laid the foundations for peace talks and created the conditions for the action of mediators in the search for a just and definitive solution to the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict.
In early 1994, after a series of military failures along the front line, Azerbaijan attempted to re-establish its positions. Heavy fighting took place from north to south. Despite heavy losses of human power and equipment, Azerbaijan`s leaders refused to abandon their opportunistic plans. However, in April 1994, counter-offensives in different directions allowed Artsakh forces to take several strategic summits, forcing Azerbaijan to accept the Russian-brokered ceasefire. Prior to 2 April 2016, the ceasefire was maintained in general, despite Azerbaijan`s relentless attempts to destabilize the situation on the line of contact between the armed forces of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan. The Karabakh authorities have repeatedly drawn the attention of the international community to the targeted action of the Azerbaijani side, making ceasefire violations increasingly threatening in their nature and scale. Even after the failure of the military enterprise from 2 to 5 April, Azerbaijan did not abandon the idea of resolving the conflict by force, as evidenced by the statements of Azerbaijani officials, including at the highest level. In addition, Azerbaijan is unilaterally attempting to denounce the ceasefire agreement of 12 May 1994, which is a clear continuation of the policy, to disrupt the process of peaceful settlement of the conflict and to start a war in the region.
In the early morning of 2 April, Azerbaijan began, in flagrant violation of the agreements of 12 May 1994 and 6 June 1994. February 1995, a large-scale offensive along the entire line of contact between the armed forces of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan, with heavy weapons, artillery and fighter jets. It was only thanks to the decisive actions of the defense army, which properly rejected the insolent rival on April 5, that Azerbaijan was forced, as in 1994, to demand a cessation of hostilities through the mediation of the Russian Federation. . . .