24 March 2018

Erdogan accuses OSCE Minsk Group of inaction

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the OSCE Minsk Group of inaction over the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Addressing a press conference held on the outcome of the 13th OIC Summit in Istanbul Apr. 15, Erdogan recalled that a number of documents have been adopted on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and said it's necessary to intensify efforts towards a settlement.

“I do not understand why the OSCE Minsk Group has not yet solved this problem. To this end, you need to make serious steps,” Turkey’s president added.

Erdogan noted that Turkey strongly supports brotherly Azerbaijan in the struggle to liberate its territories occupied by Armenia about 25 years ago.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.

A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.

The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.

Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Poland, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.

Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.

Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.

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