Turkish Minister Doubts the Usefulness of Nagorno-Karabakh Truce
Turkey has questioned the usefulness of a truce in Nagorno-Karabakh that the United States, Russia and France are calling for.
Armenia and Turkey’s ally Azerbaijan have been fighting again for ten days in the controversial enclave where mainly ethnic Armenians live.
“To put these two countries on an equal footing means rewarding the occupier,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on a visit to the Azerbaijani capital Baku. “The world must be on the side of the one who is justified, namely Azerbaijan.”
The Turkish minister wondered what would happen after a ceasefire. Armenia is prepared to do so, but the government of Azerbaijan only wants to think about it when the Armenian troops withdraw.
According to Çavuşoğlu, no solutions have been proposed whereby Armenia withdraws from the enclave that officially belongs to Azerbaijan.
NATO CEO Jens Stoltenberg called on Turkey in Ankara to use its influence in Azerbaijan to calm the conflict. Armenian officials report that 21 military personnel in the area have died, bringing the total to 244.
This is regardless of the civilian casualties reported by both sides.