Turkish FM: Armenia must come to reason

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 13

Trend:

Armenia must come to reason, Trend reports referring to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

“Turkey, with all its capabilities, is close to Azerbaijan,” the foreign minister said. “Although Turkey supports the political settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the provocation of the Armenian armed forces in the direction of Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district shows that Armenia has entered the warpath. We will not leave Azerbaijan alone!”

“Turkey has always been close to Azerbaijan and will continue to support it,” Cavusoglu added.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement a day earlier in which it was stressed that the repel of Armenia’s attack by Azerbaijan is concrete evidence that Armenia’s aggression will not remain unanswered.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry condemns the attack of the Armenian armed forces on Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district.

“The Armenian side must abandon such dangerous tactics and enter a rational, legal way,” the ministry said. "Turkey will always be close to Azerbaijan in protecting its territorial integrity by using all available means."

Starting from July 12 afternoon, while grossly violating the ceasefire regime on the Azerbaijan-Armenia state border in Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district, the Armenian armed forces fired at the Azerbaijani positions by using artillery.

As a result of the appropriate measures, the Armenian forces were struck back while suffering losses.

Azerbaijani personnel sergeant of military service Vugar Sadigov and corporal Elshad Mammadov died while repelling the attack of the Armenian armed forces.

Despite the efforts of the Azerbaijani doctors, severely wounded serviceman of the Azerbaijani army Khayyam Dashdemirov also died.

The tension remained in Tovuz district on the Azerbaijan-Armenia state border on July 12 night.

During the night battles, by using artillery, mortars and tanks, the Azerbaijani armed forces destroyed a stronghold, bombshells, vehicles and servicemen on the territory of the Armenia’s military unit.

Azerbaijani serviceman, senior lieutenant Rashad Mahmudov was killed during the battles.

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, 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 the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

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