Turkish Foreign Ministry: Minsk Group should play more active role towards Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution

Turkish Foreign Ministry: Minsk Group should play more active role towards Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution
# 19 January 2015 14:42 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Rufat Ahmadazada – APA. “We stand with Azerbaijan in the context Nagorno-Karabakh in every platform.

Information Department of the Foreign Ministry of Turkey, a member state of the OSCE Minsk Group, said in response to APA’s request regarding escalation of the tension on the frontline in Nagorno-Karabakh, breaking off negotiations and ineffective activity of the OSCE Minsk Group.

“As long as there is no resolution to this conflict, there will be significant threat for resumption of hostilities which will affect peace and security in the region. The recent deadly incidents which took place in July and August together with the downing of a helicopter in the occupied territories on 12 November are a clear demonstration of this fact. These incidents together with continuous and sometimes deadly ceasefire violations once again show us the volatility of the situation on the ground. In order to avoid similar clashes in the future, a peaceful and urgent resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be found,” the official of Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

“Turkey, as a member of the Minsk Group and a neighboring country to the region, has actively supported the peaceful settlement of this conflict through negotiations. Unfortunately, the Minsk Group which has been working to bring a peaceful resolution to this conflict for more than 20 years, is yet to produce any concrete results. It is high time for the Minsk Group should play a more active role towards the resolution of this conflict and we encourage the co-chairs to further intensify their efforts to this end. We welcome that the negotiation process on the presidential level which gained a momentum last year and hope that this dialogue will continue in 2015 as well and produce tangible results.

A peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem should be found on the basis of respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of the internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan and the withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from all occupied territories. We stand with Azerbaijan in the context Nagorno-Karabakh in every platform. This conflict is among our foreign policy priorities and has been on the agenda of the highest level visits between our countries. In that regard, the Nagorno-Karabakh problem has been taken up intensively during Forth Meeting of HSCC that took place under the co-chairmanship of two Presidents in Ankara on 15 January 2015,” the official said.

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