Armenia must negotiate Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan, Erdogan tells Putin – National

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Saturday that Armenia must be convinced to negotiate in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan and called for a peaceful resolution, the Turkish presidency said.At least 1,000 people have died in nearly six weeks of fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous enclave internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians. Erdogan previously said Turkey and Russia could work together to resolve the conflict.

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In a statement, the presidency said Erdogan told Putin in a phone call that Armenia must withdraw from the Azeri lands it occupies and “said the Armenian leadership must be convinced to sit down. at the negotiating table ”.

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In a separate statement, the Kremlim said Putin informed Erdogan of his phone calls with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia, adding that “these exchanges focused on finding options for a speedy cessation of hostilities. and a political and diplomatic settlement ”.

“A mutual willingness to cooperate in order to achieve a peaceful resolution of the conflict has been confirmed,” he said.


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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also had a phone call with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to discuss the matter, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.

The conflict has underlined the influence of Turkey, an ally of Azerbaijan, in a former Soviet region long dominated by Moscow, which has a defense pact with Armenia. It also threatens the safety of Azeri oil and gas pipelines.

Three ceasefires have failed to end the bloodiest fighting in the South Caucasus for more than 25 years. The two sides accused each other of launching attacks within hours of the agreements.



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