Trend, Azerbaijan
Nov 28 2012

Some countries do not want peace and stability in the Caucasus to
carry out their own policies, and that is why the Nagorno-Karabakh
conflict is still not resolved, Turkish Parliamentary Speaker Cemil
Cicek told journalists in Baku.

He said the continuation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict for over
20 years is not acceptable, and the OSCE Minsk Group should intensify
its efforts for its settlement.

"The international community, which promotes human rights around the
world, must first pay attention to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and
make efforts to resolve it," Cicek said.

Turkey's position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is clear and
unchanging. Armenia must necessarily liberate the Azerbaijani territory
to stabilize the situation in the region, Cicek said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988
when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian
armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992,
including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The
co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. -
are currently holding the peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four
resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the
surrounding regions.

As for the relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey, Cicek said that
these relations are not just for mutual benefit. Relations between
Azerbaijan and Turkey - is a cooperation and partnership between the
two fraternal countries.

Turkey and Azerbaijan are two most important countries in the region.

Countries need to implement a lot of economic and energy projects,
he said.

In addition, according to the Speaker of the Parliament, Turkey and
Azerbaijan should join forces to prevent the distortion of the history
by the Armenian lobby, which promotes the worldwide recognition of
the so-called "Armenian genocide", and this promotion will undoubtedly
be strengthened by 2015.

Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that the predecessor of the
Turkish - Ottoman Empire had committed the 1915 genocide against
those Armenians living in Anadolu and achieved recognition of the
"Armenian Genocide" by the parliaments of several countries.