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Turkey condemns Armenia's howitzer attack on Azerbaijan

TURKEY CONDEMNS ARMENIAS HOWITZER ATTACK ON AZERBAIJAN

Turkish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday strongly condemned Armenia's howitzer attack in Azerbaijan's Fuzuli region on Tuesday.

The Armenian army opened fire in Alhanli village in the Fuzuli region, killing a 2-year-old girl and a 50-year-old woman, according to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry statement; another woman was also injured in the attack.

In a statement, Turkish Foreign Ministry said: "We wish God's mercy on Azerbaijani brothers who lost their lives in this traitorous attack, convey our condolences to their families and Azerbaijani people, and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded."

The ministry said the "atrocious" event clearly showed that Armenian provocations through the use of heavy weapons in border regions target civilians, especially woman and children, which is contrary to international law and human values.

It said international community needs to understand the "violence policy" of Armenia that it "consciously and systematically" carries out; the country is the "biggest" obstacle in the settlement of Upper Karabakh dispute through peaceful means.

"Turkey, as a member of the Minsk Group of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe [OSCE] that was established for the solution of Upper Karabakh dispute, will continue to support the efforts to find a just and lasting solution to the dispute within the framework of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and sovereignty," it added.

The OSCE's Minsk Group on Wednesday called on Baku and Yerevan to cease military action.

"Violence only begets further violence and accomplishes nothing. The only responsible and humane way to resolve this long-standing conflict is for the sides to return to the negotiation table in good faith," it said in a statement.

The two countries remain in dispute over the occupied Karabakh region, which a pro-Armenian militia took over in 1993.

Three UN Security Council Resolutions (853, 874 and 884), and United Nations General Assembly Resolutions 19/13 and 57/298 refer to Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe refers to the region as being occupied by Armenian forces.

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