MP: Turkey has clear position on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 23 / Trend, H. Valiyev /
Turkey's position on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue is clear and constant in its support of Azerbaijan, Mustafa Kabakci, Turkish MP from the ruling Justice and Development Party, told journalists on Friday.
"Turkey has always been against injustice and trying to fight against it, whether in the Caucasus, the Middle East or elsewhere," said Kabakci, who is also Turkey-Azerbaijan friendship group chairman.
He stressed that the Turkish authorities have at every turn raised the Nagorno-Karabakh issue in various international organizations.
The illegal occupation of the Azerbaijani territories that has lasted for years must end, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, addressing the UN General Assembly session on Thursday.
"It is unacceptable that the Nagorno-Karabakh issue remains unresolved," 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 U.S. - are currently holding 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.