Erdogan: Armeniaâ€™s aggressive policy should be discussed in all meetings
- 01 March 2017
Armenia’s aggressive policy against Azerbaijan should be discussed in all meetings, Turkish President Erdogan said addressing the 13th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Islamabad March 1, APA reported citing A Haber agency.
He noted that though the ECO is an economic organization, the basic framework of its activities include politics. “While taking steps, it is impossible to put aside politics,” said Erdogan.
The Turkish leader in his remarks also touched upon the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“The ongoing talks for more than 20 years have yielded no results. We need to take resolute steps either within the framework of the OIC or ECO towards the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and to discuss Armenia’s aggressive policy in all meetings,” added Erdogan.
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 CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in Dec.1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the 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.