TURKISH AMBASSADOR: FRANCE WITHDRAWAL FROM MINSK GROUP EXPECTED

Trend
Jan 30 2012
Azerbaijan

Withdrawal of France from the OSCE Minsk Group is expected, the
Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Hulusi Kilic said on Monday.

Kilic said, further participation of France in the Minsk Group will
be considered.

"Withdrawal of France from the Minsk Group is expected. Of course,
Azerbaijan has openly announced distrust of France. We expect that
France will learn a lesson from it," Kilic said.

Kilic stressed once again that the law, adopted by France is unfair.

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.