Turkey's position on Nagorno Karabakh unchanged
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 29 / Trend E. Ismayilov /
Turkey reaffirms that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can only be resolved by liberating Azerbaijani lands, Turkish Foreign Trade Minister Zafer Caglayan said at a press conference in Baku.
"The Turkish position will remain unchanged," he said.
The minister arrived in Baku today with a Turkish business delegation to hold various meetings and negotiations.
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 seven surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994.
The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the United States - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.