Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia support each other’s sovereignty, territorial integrity
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.11
Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia have made a joint statement following the fourth meeting of the three countries' foreign ministers held in Turkey's Kars city on Dec.10.
The meeting was held at the invitation of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
"Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia reiterated their firm support to each other's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and in this regard renewed their call for the earliest settlement of the conflict in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the conflict in Georgian regions of Abkhazia, and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia, in accordance with the fundamental principles and norms of the international law, particularly respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of the states," said the joint statement.
During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on the current situation in the region.
Moreover, they underlined the fact that the unresolved conflicts in the region continue to undermine peace, stability and economic development in the region and therefore require urgent solutions.
During the meeting, the sides also stressed the importance of regional cooperation, as laid out in the Trabzon Declaration of June 8, 2012, the Batumi Joint Communique of March 28, 2013 and Ganja Statement of February 19, 2014.
At the same time, they emphasized the importance of the "Trilateral Sectoral Cooperation Action Plan for 2013-2015" as an effective tool for political dialogue and implementation of specific trilateral projects.
The ministers expressed their satisfaction with the expansion of the scope of the trilateral meetings, welcomed the growing trilateral cooperation in the field of energy and expressed full support for the implementation of the Trans Anatolian Pipeline Project (TANAP).
They also acknowledged the importance of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway project as a competitive connection between Asia and Europe that will contribute to the expansion of trade and economic development in the region.
The sides stressed the importance of continuing regular trilateral meetings and expanding them to other areas so as to enhance and diversify the existing dialogue and cooperation among their countries, including in the international organizations.
They agreed to hold their next trilateral meeting in 2015 in Georgia.