Turk­ish en­voy: Jus­tice for Azer­bai­jan must be re­stored

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

It is time to resolve the NagornoKarabakh con­flict – this prob­lem must be solved, and jus­tice for Azer­bai­jan must be re­stored, Turk­ish Am­bas­sador to Azer­bai­jan Erkan Ozo­ral said on De­cem­ber 23.

He made the re­marks at the in­ter­na­tional sym­po­sium “The fu­ture of the re­gion: Geopo­lit­i­cal chal­lenges and per­spec­tives” in Baku, APA re­ports.

Ozo­ral noted that Azer­bai­jan has been suf­fer­ing a great in­jus­tice for a long time: “Ar­me­nia oc­cu­pied Azer­bai­jani lands, and as a re­sult more than 1 mil­lion peo­ple be­came refugees and in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple.”

The en­voy added that Turkey has al­ways sup­ported and will sup­port the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Azer­bai­jan.

Ar­me­nia broke out a lengthy war against Azer­bai­jan lay­ing ter­ri­to­rial claims on its South Cau­ca­sus neigh­bor. Since a war in the early 1990s, Ar­me­nian armed forces have oc­cu­pied 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jan's ter­ri­tory, in­clud­ing Nagorno-Karabakh and seven sur­round­ing re­gions. More than 20,000 Azer­bai­ja­nis were killed and over 1 mil­lion were dis­placed as a re­sult of the large-scale hos­til­i­ties.

Ar­me­nia has not yet im­ple­mented four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on with­drawal of its armed forces from the NagornoKarabakh and sur­round­ing dis­tricts.

Turkey has al­ways been con­tribut­ing to ef­forts aimed at the res­o­lu­tion of the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict within Azer­bai­jan’s ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and sovereignty through peace­ful means.

Ankara has re­peat­edly stated that the OSCE Minsk Group needs to in­ten­sify the search for so­lu­tions to the Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict and of­fered its as­sis­tance in this mat­ter.

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