Turkey: Nagorno-Karabakh truce efforts bound to fail unless Armenia withdraws

ANKARA, October 9 (Reuters). Turkey said on Friday that efforts by France, the United States and Russia to end violence between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over Nagorno-Karabakh would fail unless they also ensured a withdrawal of Armenian forces from the enclave .
With the region's deadliest fighting in more than 25 years, Russia was due to hold talks with Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers on Friday, one day after France, Russia and the United States began peace diplomacy in Geneva.
Turkey condemns the so-called Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani territories in Nagorno-Karabakh, a renegade, ethnic Armenian-led enclave in Azerbaijan, and swears full solidarity with its ethnic relatives in Azerbaijan.
Ankara repeatedly criticized the efforts of the Minsk Group - led by France, Russia and the United States - to reach a ceasefire in the region, saying the group had done nothing in nearly 30 years of talks.
Turkish President Ibrahim Kalin said that Ankara wanted a diplomatic solution, but all efforts by the Minsk group, which did not call for Armenia's withdrawal, would fail.
"If they are just calling for a ceasefire, if they are just working towards a ceasefire, it will be nothing more than a repetition of what has happened in the last 30 years or so," Kalin Al Jazeera said in an interview.
"It is almost certain that it will fail unless it includes a detailed plan to end the occupation."
Nagorno-Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan under international law, but is populated and ruled by ethnic Armenians.
The recent fighting in the decades-long crisis has raised fears that Turkey and Russia, who also support opposing sides in the Syrian and Libyan conflicts, will be affected. (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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