MP: Turkey worries about occupation of Azerbaijani territory
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 23 / Trend I. Isabalayeva /
After Azerbaijan gained its independence, Turkey worries about the occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory, member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Haluk Ipek said at an international conference in Baku on Friday.
"The international community quietly considers the occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani lands," he said. "Will be the same situation if Azerbaijan occupied 20 percent of 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 four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.