Azerbaijani FM urges on Karabakh for Caucasus peace

Azerbaijan's FM has said prospects of stability and security in the Caucasus looked dim unless Armenian occupation over part of Azeri soil ended.

Azerbaijani FM urges on Karabakh for Caucasus peace

Azerbaijan's foreign minister has said prospects of stability and security in the Caucasus looked dim unless Armenian occupation over part of Azeri soil ended.

"The biggest problem for Azerbaijan in the region is the Upper Karabakh, which is under Armenian invasion and the situation of the displaced people. We cannot speak of stability and security in a setting where 20 percent of Azeri territory is under occupation,"

Elmar Mammadyarov told reporters Friday in a joint press conference with Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

The Upper Karabakh region has been under Armenian occupation since a 1994 cease-fire which followed a six-year war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The region is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.

Mammadyarov said Friday's talks with Davutoglu discussed in detail efforts to maintain stability in the region, adding that Azerbaijan attached great importance to peace in the Caucasus.

The Azeri minister also said an agreement with Turkey to lift visa requirements between the two countries was not signed due to a number of bureaucratic shortcomings on the Azeri side, whcih he said would be overcome soon.

Reuters
Last Mod: 26 Aralık 2009, 12:16
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