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Turkish FM: We would like Azerbaijan and Armenia to hold talks in Istanbul

Politics Materials 25 August 2012 11:03
Turkey would like Azerbaijan and Armenia to hold talks in Istanbul, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters, newspaper Star reported on Saturday.
Turkish FM: We would like Azerbaijan and Armenia to hold talks in Istanbul

Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 25 /Trend A.Taghiyeva/

Turkey would like Azerbaijan and Armenia to hold talks in Istanbul, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters, newspaper Star reported on Saturday.

He noted that Ankara pursues a policy of regional conflicts regulation, and Turkey has become a regional leader in this regard.

"We would like to see talks on Syria in Turkey. We also want negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan to be held in Istanbul" Davutoglu said.

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.

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