Turkish foreign ministry: Azerbaijan’s lands must be liberated to achieve peace and stability in Caucasus (UPDATE)
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Azerbaijan, Baku, July 17 / Trend S. Agayeva /
It is necessary to liberate the territories of Azerbaijan to achieve peace and stability in the Caucasus, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said at a briefing in Baku today.
"The OSCE Minsk Group must intensify its efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as unfortunately, there are no results of its long-term efforts," Davutoglu said.
"We are always ready to provide the co-chairmen with assistance and must be more active in the process," Davutoglu added. "A meeting of ambassadors of the Minsk Group member-states may be held."
"We have held the productive meetings with the Azerbaijani President and Foreign Minister in Baku," he added. "An agreement on the exchange of experience between the officials of the Foreign Ministries of the two countries was reached."
"Azerbaijan and Turkey are two fraternal countries and there is no example of two countries' such close cooperation in the world," he added.
"There are big plans for cooperation and we now have the practical results of this cooperation between our two countries," Davutoglu added.
According to him, the next Supreme Council of the Strategic Cooperation between the two countries will be held in Baku in November.
Turkish Foreign Minister also thanked Azerbaijan for its support for Istanbul's bid to host the Olympic Games.
Turkish Foreign Minister paid a one-day visit to Baku on July 16.
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.