Turkey has no role in efforts to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Turkey has no role in efforts to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

YEREVAN, November 14. /ARKA/. Turkey has no role whatsoever in the efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, deputy parliament speaker Eduard Sharmazanov said on Tuesday in the Armenian parliament.

"Peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict continues to be one of the key issues on Armenia’s political agenda. Despite Turkey's efforts to assume some role in the settlement process, we confidently declare that Turkey has nothing to do in the settlement of the Karabakh issue," Sharmazanov stressed.

He accused Turkey of implementing the criminal policy of supporting Azerbaijan and keeping the border with Armenia closed. Sharmazanov noted that the OSCE Minsk Group is the only internationally-mandate format for negotiations on Karabakh not only for the Armenian side, but also for the international community.

He added that to ensure progress in the negotiation process, it is necessary to immediately implement the agreements reached by the conflicting parties in Vienna, St. Petersburg and Geneva.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict erupted into armed clashes after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s as the predominantly Armenian-populated enclave of Azerbaijan sought to secede from Azerbaijan and declared its independence backed by a successful referendum.  On May 12, 1994, the Bishkek cease-fire agreement put an end to the military operations. 

A truce was brokered by Russia in 1994, although no permanent peace agreement has been signed. Since then, Nagorno-Karabakh and several adjacent regions have been under the control of Armenian forces of Karabakh.  

Nagorno-Karabakh is the longest-running post-Soviet era conflict and has continued to simmer despite the relative peace of the past two decades, with snipers causing tens of deaths a year. On April 2, 2016, Azerbaijan launched military assaults along the entire perimeter of its contact line with Nagorno-Karabakh. Four days later a cease-fire was reached. ---0---

19:00 14.11.2017





 

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