Baku – APA. Turkey welcomes Russia’s efforts towards the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said Turkey’s Foreign Ministry Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Cavusoglu made the remarks at a joint briefing with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov in Baku Dec. 3.
“I discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict’s settlement also at the meeting with his Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov in Turkey’s city of Alanya in early December 2016,” he said. “At the meeting with Lavrov, I stressed a speedy solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.”
Turkey supports Azerbaijan’s stance on the conflict’s settlement, Cavusoglu noted.
Turkey’s FM added that he arrived in Azerbaijan to discuss not only the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but also a number of issues of mutual interest.
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.