Azerbaijan, Baku, April 23 / Trend, A.Taghiyeva /
Armenia's refusal from participation at the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Baku, is not an "invention", but instead Armenia ought to stop occupation of the Azerbaijani lands, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Egemen Bagis, Son Dakika agency reported.
"If Armenia wants to go down in history, it must withdraw from the occupied Azerbaijani territories. This will be the right step by Yerevan," Bagis said.
He also stressed that Turkey does not intend to watch in silence Armenia's unfairness and cruelty that the Azerbaijani people endured.
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 the 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.
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