Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 31
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
As long as Turkey is with Azerbaijan, there can't be any problems on the borders of the country, Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu said, the Turkish Anadolu news agency reported Aug.31.
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 diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia were severed in 1993.
The break in relations and closing of the Turkish-Armenian border in 1993 were due to Armenia's claims for recognition of the "Armenian genocide" in the world, as well as Armenia's occupation of Azerbaijani lands.
The Turkish prime minister went on to add that Turkey has always been close to Azerbaijan and will always support the fraternal republic.
The success of Azerbaijan is a success of Turkey, according to Davutoglu.
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