Turkish, Azerbaijan Foreign Ministers Discuss Karabakh Situation

Tue Sep 19 2023
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NEW YORK: Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan held a meeting with his Azerbaijan counterpart Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and discussed the current tensions in the Karabakh region.

Both ministers met on the sidelines of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement indicating that the two foreign ministers deliberated on the prevailing situation in Karabakh. Azerbaijan had liberated the region from nearly three decades of Armenian occupation during the 2020 conflict.

The meeting occurred as Azerbaijan announced the commencement of “counterterrorism” operations in Karabakh, aimed at upholding the terms outlined in a trilateral peace agreement involving Russia and Armenia, which sought to resolve the 2020 conflict.

Karabakh Conflict

Tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia have persisted since 1991 when the Armenian military occupied Karabakh, recognized internationally as part of Azerbaijan, along with seven adjacent regions. In 2020, Azerbaijan successfully reclaimed several cities, villages, and settlements from Armenian occupation during a 44-day conflict, ultimately ending with a Russia-brokered cease-fire.

Despite ongoing negotiations for a long-term peace agreement, tensions between the two nations remain unresolved.

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