International pressure on Armenia essential to end occupation of Azerbaijani lands - Turkish Parliament Speaker
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 31 / Trend /
In order to stop the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas and let Azerbaijani refugees return safely to their homes it is necessary to increase international pressure on Yerevan, the Speaker of Grand National Assembly (parliament) of Turkey said, speaking at a conference of the Parliamentary Union of Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Palembang, Indonesia.
"Today, 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories are occupied by Armenia, one million of our Azerbaijani brothers are expelled from Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas", Cemil Cicek said, AB Haber news portal reported.
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.