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Baku Denies Role In Reported Shoot-Out In Armenian Border Region

By RFE/RL's Armenian Service
Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry has refuted a charge from neighboring foe Armenia, saying its soldiers were not involved in a shoot-out on Armenian territory that officials there say killed three soldiers and wounded several others early on June 4.

The alleged incident is the latest tragedy to take place in the most volatile section of Armenia's heavily militarized border with Azerbaijan.

Yerevan had said its soldiers died while fighting off a cross-border incursion by Azerbaijani forces into Armenia's Tavush region.

"The sabotage advance was halted and the enemy was repelled, suffering casualties," read an Armenian Defense Ministry statement. "The Armenian Armed Forces control the situation along the line of contact, carrying out actions commensurate with the situation," it said without providing details.

The statement added that Armenia's chief military prosecutor, Gevorg Kostanian, and a team of Defense Ministry investigators rushed to the scene.

The Azerbaijani military was quick to deny shooting Armenian troops at what is the westernmost section of the roughly 1,000-kilometer Armenian-Azerbaijani frontier. The Trend news agency quoted a spokesman for the Defense Ministry in Baku alleging that the soldiers had been gunned down by their Armenian comrades.

The situation along that border section has been tense in recent months, with both warring sides reporting cease-fire violations on a regular basis. Three other Armenian soldiers were killed in the area just over a month ago. The Armenian military pledged to take retaliatory actions at the time amid renewed international concerns over the possible outbreak of a full-scale war in the conflict over the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The latest deaths come just three days after field representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitored the cease-fire regime in Tavush and an adjacent region in western Azerbaijan. A civilian resident in the Armenian village of Aygepar was reportedly wounded there late last week.

Later on June 4, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Yerevan for talks with Armenian leaders. She was expected to discuss the Nagorno-Karabkh conflict.

Clinton is due to visit Azerbaijan on June 6.

With additional reporting by Interfax and Trend
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by: Anonymous
June 04, 2012 12:32
Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman.. "Eldar Sabirov"??

by: Al-ex from: France
June 04, 2012 18:47
If war breaks out again between NKR and Azerbaijan, Azeris have a lot more to lose.
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by: Rafi
June 05, 2012 03:38
"NKR" eh? Since when they started claiming Tavush? Maybe the next war will be between the "NKR" and Armenia? You never know this rehion.
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by: RD
June 05, 2012 04:00
That may very well be the case, but You would hope Aliev is not as stupid as he looks. He may forget that nugget of information (I.e. Azerbaijan has a lot more to lose).

by: www.xocali.net from: Free Artsakh
June 06, 2012 02:32

Every time there is a high level Western delegation in the region Sultan Aliyev throws a fit and sends his soldiers/snipers to kill Armenians. Mrs. Clinton is fully aware of that and she goes there anyway to bring death.

What would USA do if Cuban army entered Guantanamo and killed a few American soldiers? And this not even a good example because Azeri troops enter Armenian territory and kill and take civilian hostages.

The only explanation I have is that the Big Oil and the Military Industrial Complex who handle Mrs. Clinton and her boss decided that the only way to get hyper profits from their projects in the region is to have another war. This way they will get the conflict settled one way or another and have good credit ratings to get their pipelines going. In fact, they don't really care who wins or how many millions of aboriginal people would suffer as long as the oil and gas are flowing. Of course they prefer Azerbaijan to win because feeding one dictator's family is a lot cheaper then sharing profits with Armenians.

Sultan Aliyev orders these invasions and has to be punished for his crimes according to the International law. Mrs. Clinton should take him to The Hague for an extended stay in a suite next to Charles Taylor of Liberia.
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by: James from: LA
June 06, 2012 14:28
5 Azeri troops just killed by Armenia a day later. Seems like both Armenia and Azerbaijan are the same crap.
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by: Random Armenian
June 06, 2012 17:09
Did these 5 soldiers die defending or while they were infiltrating into the Armenian side? That would make a difference no?
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by: Anonymous
June 06, 2012 20:45
It looks like they dies in Armenian attack towards Azerbaijan, not in the actual line of control around Karabakh. Let's wait, we will have better information in time.

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