Turkish special commission investigates raising flags of Armenia and self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on mountain
The Special Commission in Ankara began to investigate the incident with raising flags of Armenia and self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on a mountain of Agra in the north-east of Turkey by climbers from the U.S. and Canada, Hurriyet newspaper reported.
Nine climbers from the U.S. and two from Canada posted photos on their blog. The photos reflected their climbing on the Turkish mountain, where they raised the flags of Armenia and the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh. Anti-Turkish signatures were indicated at these photos.
The head of the Turkish Mountaineering Federation Aladdin Karaca said that the climbers had not received official permission, and climbed to the Agra illegally.
The federation did not meet the query. They entered the country through Georgia, he said.
The border between Turkey and Armenia was closed in 1993 because of Yerevan's claims to recognize the so-called "Armenian genocide" in the world and the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia.
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.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.