Azerbaijani parliamentary vice-speaker urges Turkey to use pressure leverages in Karabakh conflict settlement
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 20 / Trend , A.Huseynbala/
The Azerbaijani Parliamentary Vice-Speaker urged Turkey to use pressure leverages in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
"One of key tasks of the OSCE Minsk Group is the solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem. The participation of the foreign ministers of the co-chair countries in the signing ceremony of the Protocols in Zurich said that they were not interested in a quick solution. The signing of the protocols has proved that the co-chairs can exert pressure on Armenia, if necessary. And there is an opportunity to impact on Turkey. However, we do not see the mechanism of pressure in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," First Vice-Speaker of the Parliament, Ziyafat Asgarov said at the meeting on Oct. 20.
Turkish and Armenian Foreign Ministers, Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward Nalbandian signed the Ankara-Yerevan protocol in Zurich on Oct. 10.
Armenian-Turkish ties have been severed since 1993 due to Armenia's claims of an alleged genocide, and the country's occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani lands.
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.
Azerbaijani Parliamentarian, Iqbal Aghazade suggested to discuss in closed session of Parliament the current situation related to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and processes in the region.
"During a private meeting, the relevant agencies should submit a report on the current situation", said Aghazade.
Azerbaijan is not conducted the anti-Turkish campaign, said Ali Ahmadov, deputy chairman of ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP).
"This campaign is launched against the signing of the protocols. The Azerbaijani-Turkish relations - this is not the relations between governments. These relationships can never be destroyed," said the deputy chairman of the NAP.