ANKARA (News.az)–Turkey is keen to see the OSCE, and Russia in particular, step-up efforts to secure a settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu took the opportunity to restate these views at a press conference in Ankara yesterday with visiting Slovak foreign minister, Miroslav Lajcak.
“We expect more active steps from the OSCE Minsk Group to resolve the Karabakh conflict,” said Davutoglu, adding that Ankara hoped Moscow would be more active in finding a solution to the conflict.
“Several meetings were held last year between the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia, Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sarkisain as a result of the initiatives of Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev,” he said, adding that the issue was on the agenda of Medvedev’s visit to the Turkish capital on Wednesday. “President Gul and Prime Minister Erdogan discussed this issue with Medvedev in Ankara and this issue was on our agenda. I have also discussed this issue with [Russian Foreign Minister] Mr Lavrov.”
The Turkish foreign minister said that the interests of Turkey and Russia in the Caucasus region “coincided” and the establishment of peace there would be favorable for Turkey and Russia as well as for the international community.
“We want these frozen conflicts to be settled and mutual distrust to be overcome,” he added.