Turkey, Germany discuss situation in South Caucasus
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 8
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey and Germany discussed the situation in the South Caucasus during a meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Ankara, Turkish TRT Haber channel reported Feb. 8.
While delivering speech at a joint press-conference following the meeting, Davutoglu said that stability in the region is one of the most important issues for Turkey.
During the meeting the sides also discussed the Syrian crisis and the problems of its 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 withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
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