Amanda Paul: Ankara to further insist on freeing Azerbaijan' occupied territories
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 19
Turkey will not change its approach to relations with Armenia and will continue to insist that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict be resolved in a desirable way for Azerbaijan, Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst at European Policy Center (EPC) told Armenian media.
"Ankara will continue to insist on progress in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and, in particular, on the liberation of Azerbaijan's occupied territories," she said.
She further noted that Turkey primarily protects the interests of Azerbaijan when it comes to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
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.