Azerbaijan, Baku, June 12 / Trend , U.Sadikhova/
Turkey and Azerbaijan must reinforce their diasporas, Turkish Ambassador in Azerbaijan Hulusi Kilic said.
"Armenian Diaspora and lobby in the U.S. and Europe are standing behind the problem of the "Armenian genocide". Azerbaijani and Turkish businessmen should invest in the establishment of such a diaspora. We must unite the efforts of our diaspora," Kilic told journalists at the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of Azerbaijan.
The reasons for sever of diplomatic ties and closing of the Turkish-Armenian border in 1993 were deployed anti Yerevan campaign related to the claims of the Armenian side on the recognition of the so-called "genocide", and occupation of 20 percent of the territory of Azerbaijan by Armenia and Armenian territorial claims on Turkish Anatolia
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.