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Turkey rebuffs calls for ceasefire

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BAKU/ YEREVAN The presidents of France, Russia and the United States called on Thursday for an immediate ceasefire between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces around Nagorno- Karabakh, but Turkey said the three big powers should have no role in peace moves.

France, Russia and the United States are co- chairs of the Organizati­on for Security and Cooperatio­n in Europe’s Minsk Group, set up in 1992 to mediate in the decades- old conflict over the mountainou­s enclave in the South Caucasus. They appealed for peace as the death toll rose in the heaviest clashes since the 1990s around Nagorno-karabakh.

But in a speech to the Turkish parliament just before the three countries’ statement, President Tayyip Erdogan said he opposed their involvemen­t.

“Given that the U.S.A., Russia and France have neglected this problem for nearly 30 years, it is unacceptab­le that they are involved in a search for a ceasefire,” Erdogan said.

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