Baku Can Appeal its Allies for Joint Anti-terror Operations in its Armenian-occupied Territory

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 28 February 2008 13:06 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 28 February / corr Trend K.Ramazanova / Baku is likely to appeal its allies, including Turkey, for joint combating terrorism in the Armenian occupied Azerbaijani areas.

"We do not rule out the possibility of placement of Kurdistan Worker Party (PKK) members in the Armenian-occupied Azerbaijani territory, who are more probably cooperating with the terrorist organizations," Araz Azimov, the Azerbaijani deputy foreign minister, said in talks with journalists on 28 February.

Following the commencement of military operations in the north of Iraq, the Turkish media reported on placement of Kurds in the Armenian-occupied Azerbaijani territory.

Earlier, Azerbaijan raised the replacement of Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh.

"Perhaps, these forces can raise against the common enemy on the definite issue," Azimov said. He said that there is international experience in fighting terrorism and Azerbaijan does not rule out possibility if joint operations.

The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.