Efforts by Russian, France and the U.S. to end the ongoing battle in Nagorno-Karabakh will fail if Armenia does not withdraw from the disputed region, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on October 9.
Azerbaijan launched its largest ever attack on Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27. Hundreds from both sides have been killed, thus far.
“If they’re calling only for a ceasefire, if they’re working only towards a ceasefire, it will be nothing more than a repeat of what went on for the last 30 years or so,” Reuters quoted Kalin as saying in an interview on al-Jazeera “It is almost certain to fail if it doesn’t also involve a detailed plan to end the occupation.”
Kalin made his remarks when Russian, Azerbaijani and Armenian Foreign Ministers, Sergey Lavrov, Jeyhun Bayramov and Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, were meeting in Moscow to discuss the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Turkey appears to be confident that the talks in Moscow will be a failure. In a statement, Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar said Azerbaijan’s attack in Nagorno-Karabakh will not stop until Armenia withdrew its forces from the region.
“Until the occupation is over, until the terrorists and mercenaries are taken out of there, nobody should expect our Azeri brothers to stop,” Akar said in the statement.
Turkey is actively supporting Azerbaijani operations in Nagorno-Karabakh. Ankara deployed over 1,000 Syrian militants on the region’s frontlines. Furthermore, at least two Turkish F-16 fighter jets were deployed in Azerbaijan.
Kalin and Akar’s statements indicate that Azerbaijan is still not willing to compromise. The battle in Nagorno-Karabakh will not likely end anytime soon.
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