Stability in South Caucasus very important for Turkey – FM

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By Elchin Mehdiyev – Trend:

Turkey always maintains peace and stability in the region, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, Trend reports on Dec. 2.

“Stability in the South Caucasus is very important for Turkey,” the foreign minister said. “Turkey supports the liberation of Azerbaijani lands from the occupation.”

Stressing that Turkey supports the trilateral declaration on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict signed by the president of Azerbaijan, the president of Russia, and the prime minister of Armenia, Cavusoglu added that this document is the biggest step towards peace.

The foreign minister stressed that Turkey is always close to Azerbaijan, supporting regional cooperation.

Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia’s PM, and the president of Russia.

A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is introduced at 00:00 hours (Moscow time) on 10 November 2020.

Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of the Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars, and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.

Back in July 2020, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the ceasefire in the direction of Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district. As a result of Azerbaijan’s retaliation, the opposing forces were silenced. The fighting continued the following days as well. Azerbaijan lost a number of military personnel members, who died fighting off the attacks of the Armenian Armed Forces.

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, the Armenian Armed Forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.

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