Turkey to Aid Region’s Frozen Conflict Settlement, Says Ambassador (video)

Politics Materials 20 October 2008 13:11 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 20 October / Trend corr. I.Alizade/ Turkey will assist settling of "frozen conflicts" in the region as soon as it becomes a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Hulusi Kilic said to journalists in Baku on 20 October.

Settlement of the conflicts will provide stability in South Caucasus, he said.

On 1 January, 2009, Turkey will become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council according to Council's decision made last week.

"At this post, Turkey plans to assist fulfilment of the four UN Resolutions on Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and to advance peace settling of the conflict," said Kilic.

The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.

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