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As the 20th Anniversary of the Ceasefire Agreement Approaches, Americans for Artsakh's Project Ceasefire! Tracks Azerbaijani Violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2014
Contact: Mark Dietzen
info@AmericansForArtsakh.org

On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the ceasefire agreement between Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Americans for Artsakh’s “Project Ceasefire!” has recorded over 6,000 Azerbaijani ceasefire violations thus far in 2014.

Sadly, these violations have resulted in the deaths of at least four Armenian soldiers, including Armen Hovhannisyan (b. 1994), Karen Galstyan (b. 1994), Garnik Torosyan (b. 1992), and Arayik Babayan (b. 1994), well as wounded servicemen.

Project Ceasefire! informs the general public about Azerbaijani ceasefire violations on the Line-of-Contact between the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh and the Republic of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan's violations of the Ceasefire Agreement it signed with the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and Armenia in 1994, result in dozens of Armenian casualties each year.

The Minsk Group, created under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to facilitate a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, has proposed that snipers be removed from both sides of the Line-of-Contact separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces. While the Armenian side agreed to this proposal, Azerbaijan refused it.

Project Ceasefire! reports on the number of weekly Azerbaijani ceasefire violations, including the number of shots fired by Azerbaijani forces at Armenian front-line soldiers and the types of weapons used. It also draws attention to the Armenian victims of Azerbaijani ceasefire violations, in order to generate awareness about the human cost of the violations.

More information about the project can be found on AFA’s website via the following link: www.americansforartsakh.org/ceasefire-project.php

Americans for Artsakh is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization established to preserve freedom, strengthen democracy, foster economic development, protect the cultural identity and promote the heritage of the people of Artsakh.

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