Defense ministers of Azerbaijan and Turkey discuss situation in Nagorno-Karabakh
Baku, Azerbaijan, April 3
Azerbaijan's defense minister, colonel-general Zakir Hasanov held telephone conversations with the head of the Turkish General Staff Husuli Akar and National Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, Azerbaijan Defense Ministry reported April 2.
During the talks the sides discussed the latest developments and the situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
The Turkish side expressed support to Azerbaijan and again noted that Azerbaijan's position is completely valid.
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.