Turkey Supports International Efforts on Karabakh Settlement

On Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister will meet with the OSCE Minsk Group. This was said at today's press conference in Baku by the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

He noted that Turkey supports the international efforts to resolve the conflict.

In turn, Azerbaijani Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said that he informed his counterpart about the negotiation process on the Karabakh settlement.

"Turkey, as a member of the OSCE Minsk Group and a major regional player, should be informed about the course of settlement negotiations," he said.

Mammadyarov expressed hope that the intensification of the negotiations will achieve concrete results, in particular, the gradual resolution of the problem, and the liberation of the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

Commenting on today's death of an Azerbaijani officer as a result of an Armenian sniper shot, Mammadyarov said that some forces in Armenia do not want to intensify the negotiations on the settlement of the conflict.

Cavusoglu, in turn, said that such a provocation of the Armenian side does not contribute to the acceleration of the peace process, but is rather harmful for Armenia itself.

Ankara stands for resolution of the conflict in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and within the internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan.

Referring to bilateral relations, the Minister said they discussed issues of regional cooperation.

Mammadyarov said that a meeting will be held in Baku in August by the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia to discuss the implementation of the transport corridor North-South.

On the other hand, the railway Baku-Tbilisi-Kars will open soon to expand the transit opportunities of Azerbaijan and Turkey.

Cavusoglu for his part said that the Silk Road project turns Azerbaijan into an important transport hub and the world trade center.

In his opinion, Russia may also take advantage of the road Baku-Kars to export goods to Southern Europe. -06C--

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