PM: Turkey may not remain indifferent to tragedy of Azerbaijanis
Azerbaijan, Baku, 14 May / Trend A.Taghiyeva /
Turkey may not remain indifferent to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the tragedy of Azerbaijanis, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said speaking at the weekly meeting of his party, TRT Haber reported on Tuesday.
"If once we were indifferent to the fate of Azerbaijanis in the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, today we would not have had such warm relations with Baku," Erdogan said.
According to him Turkey may not remain silent in the face of violence against civilians, be it Palestinians, Kurds in Iraq, Syrians or any other nation.
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.