TURKISH PM: COUNTRY CAN TAKE PART IN NEGOTIATION PROCESS ON NAGORNO-KARABAKH CONFLICT
May 12 2010
If the OSCE Minsk Group continues to act in a successful direction for
solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, then Turkey also may consider
participation in this negotiation process, Turkish Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan said in a joint press conference with Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev in Ankara, Russia 24 television channel reported.
"Our task now is to push Armenia and Azerbaijan to reach a certain
point, which can be considered as the beginning of a peaceful
settlement of the conflict. We, from our part, will do our best to
contribute to continuation of this process," Erdogan said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988
when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian
armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992,
including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The
co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group – Russia, France, and the U.S. –
are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council’s four
resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress