Erdogan: Turkey to monitor ceasefire in Karabakh jointly with Russia

Erdogan: Turkey to monitor ceasefire in Karabakh jointly with Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke over the phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday to discuss bilateral relations and regional developments, including in Nagorno-Karabakh and Syria.

According to a statement by the Turkish Presidency, Erdogan said an appropriate step was taken last night on the path to a lasting solution in Nagorno-Karabakh.

He said this "significant opportunity", to which Turkey and Russia contributed profoundly, should not be wasted, and it should be used to ensure lasting peace and stability in the region.

Erdogan underlined that "the most important issue at this point is that Armenia should abide by the cease-fire and commitments stipulated in the joint statement" signed by both Azerbaijan and Armenia.

He said that Turkey together with Russia "will carry out monitoring and overseeing activities" for the cease-fire through a Joint Center to be set up on a territory liberated from the occupation of Armenia. He added that the center's location will be determined by Azerbaijan.

"A great responsibility falls to the Russian side, too, at this stage," Anadolu Agency cited the statement as saying.

The Turkish president also stressed the importance of the return of displaced Azerbaijanis to their homes in Nagorno-Karabakh and a corridor be opened between Azerbaijan and Nakhchivan.

Stressing that Upper Karabakh showed significance of Turkish-Russian cooperation for resolution of regional conflicts and crises, Erdogan said "similar spirit of cooperation should be displayed" in Syria, where they can establish a similar mechanism.