BAKU: Speaker: Future of Turkish-Armenian relations depends on NK

Trend, Azerbaijan
Dec 14 2012

Speaker: Future of Turkish-Armenian relations depends on
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution

Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec.14 / Trend, R.Hafizoglu /

Future Ankara-Yerevan relations depend on the resolution of the
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Turkish “Kanal B” TV channel quotes the
country’s Grand National Assembly Speaker Cemil Cicek as saying.

“Nagorno-Karabakh problem hinders ensuring peace and security in the
region. Support to the just position of Azerbaijan will further be one
of the priorities of Turkish foreign policy,” Cicek said.

He said indifferent attitude of international organizations to the
rights of internally displaced persons causes regret.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988
when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian
armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992,
including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven 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 peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council’s four
resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the
surrounding regions.