Turkey never to take step contrary to Azerbaijan's interests: ambassador
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.15. / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
Turkey will never take steps contrary to the Azerbaijani interests, Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Hulusi Kilich, told journalists after the memorial ceremony devoted to the 91st anniversary of the liberation of Baku from the occupation of the Caucasus Islamic Army, commanded by Nuru Pasha.
"We want Azerbaijan to rely on Turkey. The Nagorno-Karabakh problem will be solved within Azerbaijan's interests," the ambassador said.
On Sept.15, 1918, the Caucasian Islamic Army, commanded by Nuru-Pasha, liberated Baku from occupation. The army of 8,000 militaries cleared Baku from the Armenian Dashnaks.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 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.
Turkey and Azerbaijan always supported each other in the most difficult times, the ambassador said. "Our brotherhood will exist forever," Kilich added.
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