Baku, Azerbaijan, June 7
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
The OSCE Minsk Group couldn’t resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, the country’s Haber7 TV channel reported June 7.
Erdogan noted that the OSCE Minsk Group’s activity on the resolution of the conflict is ineffective.
He added that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair countries are members of the UN Security Council.
“When one of these countries stands for the settlement of a conflict, the other one puts a veto on this,” Erdogan said. “This is the main obstacle to the resolution of conflicts.”
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
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