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Davutoglu: Ankara-Yerevan ties depend on peace in S. Caucasus

Davutoglu: Ankara-Yerevan ties depend on peace in S. Caucasus

PanARMENIAN.Net - Ankara-Yerevan rapprochement depends on establishment of peace in South Caucasus, Turkish Foreign Minister said.

"Even if restored, diplomatic ties between Turkey and Armenia can be severed at any time without the peace in South Caucasus," Ahmet Davutoglu said, according to Habertürk TV channel.

"Solid relations have been formed in the region between Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia. If it were not for ties in Moscow, Armenia would have been in isolation," the official said.

In conclusion Davutoglu suggested that Armenia should cede Karabakh territories to Azerbaijan as a way out of the isolation, Trend News reported.

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The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan

The conflict between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan broke out as result of the ethnic cleansing launched by the Azeri authorities in the final years of the Soviet Union. The Karabakh War was fought from 1991 (when the Nagorno Karabakh Republic was proclaimed) to 1994 (when a ceasefire was sealed by Armenia, NKR and Azerbaijan). Most of Nagorno Karabakh and a security zone consisting of 7 regions are now under control of NKR defense army. Armenia and Azerbaijan are holding peace talks mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group up till now.

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