Azerbaijan, Turkey discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec.14 / Trend, A. Taghiyeva /
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov discussed ways of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict over phone, Turkish HaberTurk newspaper reported.
During the conversation, Mammadyarov informed Davutoglu about the OSCE Minsk Group's meeting. The ministers assessed the Minsk Group's activity.
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.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
The parties also discussed the latest developments related to France's position towards the so-called "Armenian genocide" in light of the initiative of a group of MPs of the National Assembly.
MPs from the French President's "Union for Popular Movement" (UMP) party which has the parliamentary majority, proposed a bill which aims to criminalize denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" to the legislative committee of the National Assembly on Thursday.
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that the predecessor of Turkey - Ottoman Empire had committed the 1915 genocide against the Armenians living in Anadolu. The Armenians, willing the recognition of this fact in the world, achieved recognition of the "Armenian Genocide" by the parliaments of some countries.