Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan’s President said in an interview on the Turkish state broadcaster that Turkey must be involved in the peace process for the Nagorno-Karabakh region after a potential future ceasefire.
Aliyev said on TRT Haber said that “A peace process will surely be started, Turkey must definitely be in any upcoming peace process. Clashes cannot go on forever, so the sooner the better,”
Armenia-Azerbaijan accused each other of attacking civilian areas in the 9th day of fighting in which hundreds of people have been killed in the fiercest clashes in the region for more than 25 years, Turkey has condemned what it says is Armenian occupation in Nagorno-Karabakh and vowed support for ethnic Turkic Azerbaijan.
Turkey says it is ready to support Azerbaijan, Ankara and Baku have both rejected there is any Turkish involvement in the conflict.
Aliyev said Azeri forces had retaken several areas from Armenian counterparts. “Turkey is a big global potential and neighbour to the South Caucasus,” During a TV interview he said, adding Ankara’s position served as a “warning” to others.
A ceasefire could only be possible if Azerbaijan received international guarantees and a “concrete timeline” from Armenia on withdrawing its troops. Aliyev said adding that he said “We don’t have eyes on any other country’s lands, but what is ours should be ours,”
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