Erdogan: "We discussed Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Putin"
- 17 November 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a meeting with journalists while commenting the results of visits to Russia, Kuwait and Qatar, APA reports quoting star.com.tr.
The Turkish president noted that the topic of the Nagorno Karabakh settlement was discussed at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin: "We discussed with the President Putin the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Russia has influence over Armenia. There are decisions taken earlier on 5 of the 7 occupied regions (referring to the UN Security Council resolutions on the occupation of the territory of Azerbaijan by Azerbaijan - star.com.tr). We noted the importance of implementing these decisions. Mr. Putin believes this is possible, but, as far as I understand, he does not hold any particular hopes. Perhaps this is due to the relationship between the parties."
The meeting between the Presidents of Turkey and Russia was held on November 13 in Sochi.
On November 22, the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran will meet in Sochi.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Poland, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.