Chief of Turkish General Staff talks double standards on Azerbaijan (exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.6
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey doesn't accept double standards on Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, Chief of General Staff of Turkish Armed Forces Hulusi Akar exclusively told Trend Oct.6.
Turkey will as before support Azerbaijan in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within its sovereignty, territorial integrity and in accordance with the international law, he added.
Akar said his country expects the international community to have the same reaction to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as to the situation in Ukraine.
"The decision of the European Court of Human Rights adopted in June 2015 once again shows the fairness of Azerbaijan's position and it is an important turning point," said the chief of General Staff.
The European Court of Human Rights legally proved the unfairness of Armenia's position and the fact that this country is the main problem in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Akar added.
The 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 the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by SI
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