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Armenia/Azerbaijan: OSCE Official's Car Fired Upon

Prague, 17 April 1997 (RFE/RL) - Reports say the car in which a representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was traveling was fired on this week from territory controlled by ethnic Armenian forces close to the southern border of Nagorno-Karabakh. The OSCE representative, who helps monitor the Karabakh cease-fire agreement, was not hurt.

Armenia's Defense Ministry would not comment on the reports. The foreign ministry of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh government tells RFE/RL that Azerbaijani infiltrators might have been responsible.

Over the past ten days, Armenia and Azerbaijan have exchanged accusations of ceasefire violations. Each side has said that it has inflicted casualties on the other. There has been no independent confirmation of losses on either side.

A May, 1994, ceasefire in Azerbaijan's mostly ethnic Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh region has been generally honored. Sporadic clashes have resulted in few casualties.