Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that calls for a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh are reasonable, but should include Armenia’s withdrawal from the Azeri lands, and floating talks that would include Ankara.
Speaking at a press conference with his Swedish counterpart Ann Linde in Ankara, Cavusoglu said a meeting including all 11 members of the Minsk group – formed to mediate the conflict and led by Russia, the United States and France – would help.
“We consider international calls for a ceasefire reasonable. But we can only see the desire of the international community to resolve this issue if there is an appeal for Armenia to withdraw as well from the Azeri lands,” Cavusoglu said.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have accused each other of violating a humanitarian ceasefire agreed three days ago in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which has led international groups to warn of a crisis.
Several world powers called for an immediate end to the deadly fighting. But Turkey, which is not part of the mediation, has unconditionally supported Azerbaijan and has repeatedly called for the withdrawal of Armenians from the region.
Turkey is one of the 11 members of the Minsk Group. Cavusoglu said he has offered talks to Linde as Sweden will assume the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), under which the Minsk Group is located.
“It may be beneficial for us to have a meeting like the Minsk group,” he said. “The co-chairs of Minsk (Russia, United States, France) should also inform the Minsk group, and action should be taken now.”