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Italy: FM Di Maio calls for 'negotiated resolution' to Nagorno-Karabakh clashes alongside Turkey's Cavusoglu03:28

Italy: FM Di Maio calls for 'negotiated resolution' to Nagorno-Karabakh clashes alongside Turkey's Cavusoglu

Italy, Rome
octubre 2, 2020 at 18:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke to the press in about the clashes in the disputed zone of Nagorno-Karabakh between Turkish ally Azerbaijan and Armenia, in Rome, on Friday.

Speaking on behalf of the Italian state, Di Maio expressed concern about the intensifying clashes.

"We understand that the status quo in the region is not sustainable, only a negotiated resolution can bring to the peace and stability to both countries", di Maio said stressing that "Turkey could play a definitive role in this" process.

Cavusoglu reiterated that Turkey stands with Azerbaijan in the decades-lasting conflict and blamed Yerevan authorities for initiating hostilities.

"We are together with Azeri people even if we are two different nations. When it is needed we behave as united state", he said, calling on the international community to push Armenia to withdraw from the 'invaded' territory.

Fighting in the disputed region broke out on Sunday when Azeri and ethnic Armenian soldiers exchanged fire. It's been the heaviest clashes in the region since 2016 with dozens of casualties reported. Both sides blame each other for the escalation.

The Nagorno-Karabakh region is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but has an independent government led by a majority group of ethnic Armenians.

At the meeting prior to the press conference the two diplomats reportedly also discussed the situation in Libya, with di Maio commenting to reporters that "Libya deserves a stable and prosperous future."

"The timing for diplomatic resolution is often indeed longer than expected but it brings stable and durable results," he added.

Italy: FM Di Maio calls for 'negotiated resolution' to Nagorno-Karabakh clashes alongside Turkey's Cavusoglu03:28
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Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke to the press in about the clashes in the disputed zone of Nagorno-Karabakh between Turkish ally Azerbaijan and Armenia, in Rome, on Friday.

Speaking on behalf of the Italian state, Di Maio expressed concern about the intensifying clashes.

"We understand that the status quo in the region is not sustainable, only a negotiated resolution can bring to the peace and stability to both countries", di Maio said stressing that "Turkey could play a definitive role in this" process.

Cavusoglu reiterated that Turkey stands with Azerbaijan in the decades-lasting conflict and blamed Yerevan authorities for initiating hostilities.

"We are together with Azeri people even if we are two different nations. When it is needed we behave as united state", he said, calling on the international community to push Armenia to withdraw from the 'invaded' territory.

Fighting in the disputed region broke out on Sunday when Azeri and ethnic Armenian soldiers exchanged fire. It's been the heaviest clashes in the region since 2016 with dozens of casualties reported. Both sides blame each other for the escalation.

The Nagorno-Karabakh region is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but has an independent government led by a majority group of ethnic Armenians.

At the meeting prior to the press conference the two diplomats reportedly also discussed the situation in Libya, with di Maio commenting to reporters that "Libya deserves a stable and prosperous future."

"The timing for diplomatic resolution is often indeed longer than expected but it brings stable and durable results," he added.