Turkey fully supports Azerbaijan in settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

26 April 2016 18:14 (UTC+04:00)

By Nazrin Gadimova

Turkey fully supports Azerbaijan in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, made the remark as part of his visit to Baku on April 26.

The long-lasting Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict must be resolved by diplomatic means within Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, Cavusoglu added.

Cavusoglu believes that the OSCE Minsk Group, which is the sole negotiator between the parties, has a great responsibility in resolving the conflict. “If the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk group want, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be resolved in the near future," he stressed.

Armenia does not want the conflict to be solved through political means, and therefore, Yerevan aggravates the situation on the line of contact of the troops, the official said.

“While announcing the ceasefire regime unilaterally, Azerbaijan has once again proved to the world that the country stands for peaceful settlement of the conflict,” Cavusoglu concluded.

Earlier, Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that his country, being a member of the OSCE Minsk Group, stands for the peaceful settlement of the long lasting Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.

He believes that the developments on the contact line of the Armenian and Azerbaijani troops has once again shown that the status quo in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is unacceptable.

The situation on the contact line of troops of the Armenian and Azerbaijani armies has again aggravated despite the ceasefire agreement that was reached with the mediation of Russia on April 5. Thus, the Armenian military units have shelled Azerbaijan’s Terter district, including Gapanli village on April 26 from 01:05 to 04:25 (UTC/GMT +4 hours).

Given the situation, the Azerbaijani Armed Forces inflicted strikes on enemy’s positions, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said, adding that Armenia bears responsibility for any incident that can occur on the frontline.

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