Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov on Thursday (6 August) inspected troops on the front-line in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone and checked combat readiness of military units and formation.
Both Armenia and Azerbaijan continue to claim daily violations of the ceasefire on the line of contact, but no casualties have been reported this week. Thousands of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops face each other from trenches and other fortifications along the line of contact established when the cease fire came into affect in 1994. Troops of the two sides also face each other across the international border outside the conflict zone itself. There are regular reports of attempted incursions by one or the other sides, but overall no side has been able to capture any new territory.
photo: Azerbaijani Defence Minister Colonel-General Hasanov observing movements on the line of contact separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the Nagrono-Karabakh conflict zone on 6 August 2015. (Picture courtesy of the Azerbaijani MOD Press Service).
First Vice-President Aliyeva noted that Azerbaijan is located at the crossroads between the civilizations of the East and West, and is one of the few countries that are a member of both the Council of Europe and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The transfer of the body of Tatunashvili back to Georgian jurisdiction was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross. It is now expected that the Georgian authorities will hold an autopsy on the body to ascertain the cause of death.