Baku, Azerbaijan, April 24
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The Russian and French presidents' visit to Yerevan to participate in the "century" of the so-called Armenian genocide calls into question the neutrality of the OSCE Minsk Group, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted April 24 by Anadolu news agency as saying.
He said that Turkey calls Russia and France for more serious attitude in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement.
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 the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor, the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out "genocide" against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. Turkey in turn has always denied "the genocide" took place. While strengthening the efforts to promote the "genocide" in the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.
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