Turkish PM: Armenia must refrain from occupational policy
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 3
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Armenia must refrain from occupational policy and begin good neighborly relations with Azerbaijan, Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on the eve of his visit to Baku June 3.
The minister said that occupational policy of Yerevan led Armenia to being isolated, the TRT Haber news channel reported.
He added that it is well known that Armenia shows aggression towards its neigbors, in particular towards Azerbaijan.
"Response to Armenia on the line of contact is a bright example of Azerbaijan's success," said Yildirim.
On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers. The armed clashes resulted in deaths and injuries among the Azerbaijani population. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
Yildirim also said that Turkey, from the first day, has been supporting Azerbaijan and will continue to do so.
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