Baku, Azerbaijan, March 17
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey shares the pain of Azerbaijanis affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said March 17.
He was addressing the opening ceremony of the technical lycée named after Heydar Aliyev in the Turkish city of Kars, TRT Haber news channel reported.
The opening ceremony for the lycée was attended by the presidents of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia, as well as the officials from Azerbaijan and Turkey.
Erdogan further said that for Turkey there is no difference between the citizens living in Kars, Igdir and Azerbaijanis living in Nakhchivan.
He added that Turkey doesn't intend to feud with any country.
"Turkey and Azerbaijan will always be together," said the president.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
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