Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to show resoluteness in settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Turkish media reported.
“The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has existed for over 20 years and it is still unresolved,” President Erdogan told the 13th ECO Summit in Islamabad, Pakistan March 1.
“It is necessary to raise the issue at every international event,” he added.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.