Turkish ex-premier: cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey guarantees peace in region
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 27 /Trend M. Aliyev/
The pendency of Armenian Azerbaijani Nagorno Karabakh conflict is completely linked with Armenia's position, but time works against Armenia, Turkish ex premier Mesut Yilmaz told journalists on Thursday.
"Yerevan can't further hold this position, it will lead to loss", Yilmaz said.
He also noted that cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey guarantees peace and prosperity in the region, settlement of international problems.
"Unity of our efforts will provide peace in the region", Yilmaz said, adding that military cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey is currently at high level.
Ex premier noted that Armenia's policy in recent past caused deterioration of relations between Baku and Ankara, but "we managed to overcome it".
He said realization of joint projects such as Baku Tbilisi Kars railway road will take relations between countries to even higher level.
In Yilmaz's words, since his last arrival to Baku in 1998 the city has dramatically changed.
"I congratulate Azerbaijani nation in this regard. Turkey is proud with today's Azerbaijan", ex premier added.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent 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 U.S. - are currently holding 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.