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Foreign Ministry: Azerbaijan feels solidarity of Turkic countries in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement

Azerbaijan Materials 22 August 2012 20:41
In the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan feels fraternal solidarity of the Turkic-speaking countries, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov said at a press conference on Wednesday, KyrTAG reported.
Foreign Ministry: Azerbaijan feels solidarity of Turkic countries in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement

In the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan feels fraternal solidarity of the Turkic-speaking countries, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov said at a press conference on Wednesday, KyrTAG reported.

Khalafov said the conflict hinders the development of the region and the establishment of stability.
"Azerbaijan makes efforts for a peaceful settlement of the conflict," Khalafov said.

He said the parties try to solve the conflict through mediation of Russia and the USA.

"However, we are not satisfied with this work. Turkic-speaking states should show solidarity and support the just position of Azerbaijan on this issue. And we feel this solidarity, brotherly states offer full support. Especially Turkey offers great support," the deputy minister said.

He also said that efforts to resolve the conflict must be built up.
"Without the liberation of the occupied territories the conflict can not be resolved," he 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 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.

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