Turkish MP: Karabakh negotiation process to change if OSCE summit fails
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 30 / Trend R. Hafizoglu /
The negotiation process is likely to change if no results are achieved in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the upcoming OSCE summit in Astana, Turkish MP Senol Bal told Trend over the phone from Ankara today.
"If no result on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is achieved at the Astana summit, then changes are likely to occur in the negotiation process," he said. "But we hope that the summit will be a successful step toward the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict."
The summit will be held in Astana on Dec. 1-2 and bring together the presidents and prime ministers of 56 OSCE member countries and 12 OSCE partner countries, as well as the heads of 68 international organizations.
The summit has been held six times since the organization's inception in 1975. The last was held in Istanbul in 1999.
The MP said Armenia will not have the courage to use military actions to resolve the conflict.
"I think that if Armenia chooses the military path, then Azerbaijan and Turkey will give the appropriate response to Yerevan," he said.
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 State s- are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding regions.