The Occupation in Figures
Nagorno-Karabakh: 1988-1992, territory 4400 km2; Shusha: may 08, 1992, territory 289 km2; Lachin: may 18, 1992, territory 1840 km2; Kalbajar: april 2, 1993, territory 3054 km2; Aghdam: july 23, 1993, territory 1150 km2; Fizuli: august 23, 1993, territory 1390 km2; Jabrayil: august 23, 1993, territory 1050 km2; Gubadli: august 31, 1993, territory 802 km2; Zangilan: october 29, 1993, territory 707 km2.

Karabakh conflict must be resolved as part of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity

Karabakh conflict must be resolved as part of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity



Turkey fully supports Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish foreign minister, told reporters in Baku April 26.

Cavusoglu said that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved by diplomatic means as part of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity.

The Turkish minister stressed that the co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group are greatly responsible for resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

"If the co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk group want, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be resolved in the near future," Cavusoglu said.

The Turkish minister said that Armenia does not want the conflict to be resolved through political means.

Cavusoglu added that therefore, Armenia aggravates the situation on the line of contact of the troops.

"While announcing the ceasefire regime unilaterally, Azerbaijan once again proved to the world that the country stands for peaceful settlement of the conflict," Cavusoglu said.

On the night of April 2, 2016, all the frontier positions of Azerbaijan were subjected to heavy fire from the Armenian side, which used large-caliber weapons, mortars and grenade launchers. The armed clashes resulted in deaths and injuries among the Azerbaijani population. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-attack, which led to liberation of several strategic heights and settlements.

Military operations were stopped on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian armies on Apr. 5 at 12:00 (UTC/GMT + 4 hours) with the consent of the sides, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry earlier said. Ignoring the agreement, the Armenian side again started violating the ceasefire.

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.