Turkey to keep efforts for solving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Turkey as a member of the OSCE Minsk Group observes all the steps taken to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which is a serious obstacle to peace, stability, prosperity and broad cooperation in the South Caucasus, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on Feb. 3.
The ministry said Turkey is trying to increase the efforts within the Minsk Group to resolve the problem, and supports the steps taken to settle it within the existing format of the Minsk Group.
“Aside from that, Turkey always raises the question related to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem in relations with other countries, both in the format of the Minsk Group and in other formats,” the ministry said.
“We will continue the efforts for maintaining the relevance of this important problem on the international arena and for a speedy resolution for it,” said the Foreign Ministry.
“As for the issue of bringing the number of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs from three to five, we don’t yet have information regarding this,” the ministry added.
Earlier, the deputy chairman of the OSCE PA’s committee on political affairs and security, the Azerbaijani MP, Azay Guliyev said he plans to raise the issue of increasing the number of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs from three countries – the US, Russia and France – to five, including Germany and Turkey.
Guliyev said he will raise the issue at the winter session of the OSCE PA, to be held in Vienna.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

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