Turkish FM: World community must not compare Armenia and Azerbaijan

Politics Materials 29 September 2020 15:50 (UTC +04:00)
Turkish FM: World community must not compare Armenia and Azerbaijan

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Sept. 29

By Elchin Mehdiyev – Trend:

The OSCE Minsk Group has not taken a single step to resolve the conflict [Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict], Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with TRT TV channel, Trend reports on Sept. 29.

“Armenia is the culprit for the escalation of the situation in the region,” the foreign minister added.

The foreign minister added that the world community must not compare Armenia and Azerbaijan.

"Armenia is an occupier while Azerbaijan is the country subjected to the occupation,” Cavusoglu said. “We have always supported and will continue to support Azerbaijan. We will always be close to Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani citizens in the countries in which there are no Azerbaijani diplomatic missions can contact the Turkish consulates."

Armenian armed forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27.

Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front. As a result of retaliation, Azerbaijani troops managed to liberate the territories previously occupied by Armenia: Garakhanbeyli, Garvend, Kend Horadiz, Yukhari, Ashagi Abdulrahmanli villages (Fuzuli district), Boyuk Marjanli, and Nuzgar villages (Jabrayil district).

Moreover, the positions of the Armenian armed forces were destroyed in the direction of Azerbaijan's Agdere district and Murovdag, important heights were taken under control.

Military actions continued on Sept. 29. Azerbaijani army was able to destroy several tanks of the Armenian Armed Forces, as well as several key military facilities.

Azerbaijan's Dashkesan district underwent fire on the same day from the opposing forces, while Azerbaijani Armed Forces continued military actions on Sept. 29 to liberate the city of Fuzuli from occupation.

Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan's retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian armed forces.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.