Turkey, Russia to jointly work in Peacekeeping Center for control of ceasefire in Karabakh - Turkish FM
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 12
Turkey and Russia will jointly work in the Peacekeeping Center for control of the ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, Trend reports on Nov.12.
According to Cavusoglu, Turkey and Russia will jointly work in the center in accordance with paragraph 5 of the trilateral Declaration on a complete ceasefire and all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which envisions the center’s establishment.
“Azerbaijan has always tried to solve the problem through diplomacy. But the Armenian side, unfortunately, every time violated the ceasefire,” the Turkish FM stressed.
Cavusoglu noted that, according to the trilateral statement, the remaining occupied lands will be returned to Azerbaijan in line with the schedule.
He added that Turkey also highly appreciates the role of Russia in this issue.
“The most important thing is the steps that will be taken after that. We have always said that we support and will support what is acceptable for Azerbaijan. A delegation from Russia will arrive in Turkey on Nov. 13 to discuss the issue of where a monitoring center will be established to control the ceasefire in Azerbaijan,” Cavusoglu said.
Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM, and the president of Russia.
A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is introduced at 00:00 hours (Moscow time) on 10 November 2020.
Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of 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.
Back in July 2020, 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.