Turkey: Nagorno-Karabakh Peace Efforts Will Fail Unless Armenia Resigns
Windowofworld.com – Turkey has warned that attempts by France, the United States (US) and Russia to end fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh will fail unless they guarantee the withdrawal of Armenian troops from the region.
Russia is seeking to host talks with foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia on Friday (9/10), a day after France, Russia and the United States discussed the conflict in Geneva.
Turkey has criticized the so-called Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani soil in ethnic Armenian-controlled Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan. Turkey affirms full solidarity with the ethnic groups in Azerbaijan.
Ankara has repeatedly criticized the efforts of the Minsk group led by France, Russia and the US to achieve a truce in the region. According to Turkey, the group has done nothing in nearly 30 years of negotiations.
Turkish President spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Ankara wanted a diplomatic solution but that all attempts by the Minsk group not to call for a withdrawal of Armenian troops would fail.
“If they just call for a ceasefire, if they work only towards a ceasefire, it will be nothing more than repeating what happened over the last 30 years or so,” Kalin said during an interview with Al Jazeera.
“It is almost certain to fail if it does not involve a detailed plan to end the occupation,” said Kalin.
Turkish Defense Minister (Menhan) Hulusi Akar said Azerbaijan’s attacks on Nagorno-Karabakh would not stop until Armenia withdrew its troops and other fighters brought to the region.
“Until the occupation ends, until the terrorists and mercenaries leave, nobody can hope that our Azerbaijan brothers will stop,” said Akar.
Nagorno-Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan by international law but is inhabited and governed by ethnic Armenians.
The latest fighting in the region has sparked fears that Turkey and Russia will be dragged into it. Currently Turkey and Russia are opposing and supporting different sides in Syria and Libya.