Ambassador: Turkey dissatisfied with situation around Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 17 / Trend,U. Sadikhova /
Turkey is dissatisfied with the situation around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Turkey's Ambassador to Azerbaijan Hulusi Kilic said.
"The current situation around the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not favour of anybody, so it's necessary to sign an armistice and end the occupation [of Azerbaijani lands] soon," the Turkish diplomat, who participated in the opening of the Turkish exhibition of construction and heavy equipment told journalists.
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 seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the United States - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
Ankara supports the initiative of holding a tripartite meeting between the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia in St. Petersburg, which will be held on Thursday within the international economic forum.
"Turkey supports the initiative of holding the meeting because it stands for peace and stability in the region, as well as an early truce that all countries in the region, including Armenia, to be able to fully use the economic potential of the region," Kilic said.
According to him, the President Ilham Aliyev's visit to Turkey, realized last week, was very successful because the long-awaited gas agreement was signed.
Speaking about bilateral relations between the countries, Kilic also mentioned the Turkish businessmen's interest to invest in the Azerbaijani market.
"Turkish investments in Azerbaijan amount to three billion dollars. We attach particular importance and are interested in improving this figure," he said.