Ankara urges to solve frozen conflicts as Baku slams OSCE Minsk Group

Ankara urges to solve frozen conflicts as Baku slams OSCE Minsk Group

PanARMENIAN.Net - Frozen conflicts are an obstacle to establishment of peace in the Caucasus, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Feb. 19, Trend News reported.

He made the remarks at a press conference dedicated to the results of the third meeting of foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey in Ganja.

He said that all parties must do their utmost to resolve the frozen conflicts.

According to Davutoglu, borders between Turkey and Armenia won’t be opened unless the Nagorno Karabakh conflict is solved and Azerbaijan's “territorial integrity” is restored.

Meanwhile, political analyst Mubariz Ahmedoglu slammed the OSCE Minsk Group mediation efforts, with 4 fundamental documents for peaceful settlement as the only merit of their 22 years of work, Novosti-Azerbaijan reported.

"Currently, the Co-chairs are unable to either offer a new concept for peaceful settlement or even defend the ones offered by their more successful predecessors," Ahmedoglu said.

He went on to criticize the activity of the U.S. Co-chair James Warlick as "unbalanced and stupid," with the latter "having taken no effort to study the history of the conflict."

"Were the other 3 Co-chairing states serious about the settlement, they would pick energetic and promising diplomats, rather than retirees, for the mediators' posts," he said.

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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