Turkey considers insincere call of OSCE Minsk Group for ceasefire in Karabakh

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ANKARA, October 2. / TASS /. Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar called on Friday the calls of the OSCE Minsk Group for a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh "unconvincing and insincere".

"The calls for a ceasefire voiced by countries that for years have not been able to find a fair settlement of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh are not convincing and sincere. Turkey will support fraternal Azerbaijan to the last in a just struggle for the liberation of their native lands," the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Anadolu said. …

This is Ankara's first official reaction after the joint statement by the Presidents of Russia, the United States and France, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron, on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.

On October 1, the presidents of Russia, the United States and France, as the heads of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries, adopted a statement on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. The leaders stressed that they "in the strongest terms condemn the escalation of violence taking place on the line of contact in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict."

The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27, active clashes are taking place in the disputed territory. Martial law was introduced in Azerbaijan and Armenia, and mobilization was announced. Both sides reported killed and wounded, including civilians. In Baku, they announced the control of several Karabakh villages and strategic heights. Yerevan refutes these reports and reports, among other things, about shelling of the territory of Armenia.

Baku and Yerevan have disputed the ownership of Nagorno-Karabakh since February 1988, when the region announced its secession from the Azerbaijan SSR. During the 1992-1994 armed conflict, Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions.

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