Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 2
Azerbaijan and Turkey are strategic partners of Georgia, Tinatin Khidasheli, the Georgian Defense Minister, said at a briefing in Yerevan, Sputnik Georgia reported.
"Azerbaijan and Turkey are our strategic partners," the Georgian defense ministry quoted Khidasheli. "Turkey is our neighboring country that is a NATO member. And this further intensifies the relations between our countries. Georgia is grateful to everyone supporting and assisting it. Turkey offers assistance at the political level at the ministerial and high-level meetings."
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, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.