Armenian sources report that an Armenian soldier, Karen Paruyr Hovhannesyan, was killed on Wednesday, 12 August around midday by a sniper bullet in the Karabakh conflict zone. He was the latest casualty in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan which continues to claim a weekly toll of victims despite the official cease-fire in place.
Both sides continue to report incidents in various locations on the line of contact in the Nagornoi-Karabaklh conflict zone and on the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the last hours.
photo: A sniper in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone (archive picture).
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.