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Turkey urges Armenia to surrender occupied lands

Turkey had hailed the cease-fire signed on Saturday as an important first step but stressed that such measures cannot replace a lasting solution.
11.10.2020 - 10:05

Armenia must surrender the Azerbaijani territories that it has occupied, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said on Saturday.


“Azerbaijani Army acted heroically and achieved great triumphs to liberate its lands that were occupied. Armenia must now surrender the lands that it has occupied to their rightful owner,” the ministry said in a tweet.

Reiterating Ankara’s support for Baku, the ministry added: “Until then, we will continue to stand by our Azerbaijani Turkish brothers and sisters.”

A humanitarian cease-fire agreed for the exchange of prisoners and retrieval of bodies in Nagorno-Karabakh came into force at 12 p.m. local time (0800GMT) on Saturday. However, hours after the truce started, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said Armenia is “grossly” violating the cease-fire agreement.

It said Armenian attempts to attack the Aghdere-Terter and Fizuli-Jabrayil fronts were successfully suppressed by the Azerbaijani military.