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Armenia: Turkish president's Nagorno-Karabakh comments are 'calls for war' - Lavrov02:53

Armenia: Turkish president's Nagorno-Karabakh comments are 'calls for war' - Lavrov

Armenia, Yerevan
April 22, 2016 at 14:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slammed recent comments by the Turkish government concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, at a joint conference with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandyan in Yerevan, Friday.

Lavrov condemned the Turkish leadership, saying that they are “calling not for peace, but for war." Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had earlier accused the Minsk Group (of Russia, France and the US) of "inaction" over its mediation of the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute.

Lavrov said that calling for military intervention "contradicts the position of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group." Lavrov pointed out that the only way to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the "full and strict implementation of the 1994-1995 ceasefire agreements."

Lavrov also commented on the High Negotiations Committee's decision to suspend participation in the Syria peace talks in Geneva, saying that "no one loses except for them."

He added that Armenia and Russia had opened an "Armenian humanitarian response centre" and had "discussed the possibility of engaging experts for the mine clearance process in Palmyra." The centre was opened on March 19 in Yerevan by the Russian and Armenian Emergency Situations ministers.

Armenia: Turkish president's Nagorno-Karabakh comments are 'calls for war' - Lavrov02:53
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slammed recent comments by the Turkish government concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, at a joint conference with his Armenian counterpart Edward Nalbandyan in Yerevan, Friday.

Lavrov condemned the Turkish leadership, saying that they are “calling not for peace, but for war." Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had earlier accused the Minsk Group (of Russia, France and the US) of "inaction" over its mediation of the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute.

Lavrov said that calling for military intervention "contradicts the position of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group." Lavrov pointed out that the only way to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the "full and strict implementation of the 1994-1995 ceasefire agreements."

Lavrov also commented on the High Negotiations Committee's decision to suspend participation in the Syria peace talks in Geneva, saying that "no one loses except for them."

He added that Armenia and Russia had opened an "Armenian humanitarian response centre" and had "discussed the possibility of engaging experts for the mine clearance process in Palmyra." The centre was opened on March 19 in Yerevan by the Russian and Armenian Emergency Situations ministers.

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