Turkish FM: OSCE should help resolve frozen conflicts
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 8
By Elmira Tariverdiyeva – Trend:
OSCE member countries should deal with frozen conflicts on their territory just like they fight terrorism, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
He made the remarks during the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting Dec. 8.
Cavusoglu added that these conflicts, including the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, threaten the region's security.
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.