FM: Turkey demands liberation of occupied Azerbaijani territories
Baku, Azerbaijan, November 7
Trend:Turkey demands from Armenia to liberate occupied Azerbaijani territories, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday at a meeting of the committee on Foreign relations of the Parliament, the newspaper Aksam reported.
"Our demand is the liberation of Karabakh. We expect progress on this issue," Turkish FM said, commenting question of the deputy from Igdir province Sinan Ogan due to opening borders with Armenia.
According to the minister, only after the liberation of Azerbaijani territories it can be talked about the normalization of Turkish -Armenian relations.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent 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 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 the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.