By Behlul Cetinkaya
ANKARA (AA) – Turkish and Azerbaijani foreign ministers on Wednesday discussed the latest developments in the Upper Karabakh region, according to diplomatic sources.
Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov spoke over the phone.
This came after a Washington-brokered truce last weekend proved short-lived after Azerbaijan said Yerevan breached the new humanitarian cease-fire.
The recent US-brokered temporary humanitarian truce was announced Sunday and took effect 8 a.m. local time (0400GMT) Monday.
Baku said Monday that Armenian forces continued to attack Azerbaijani civilian settlements and military units.
Since the clashes erupted Sept. 27, Armenia has repeatedly attacked Azerbaijani civilians and forces, even violating three humanitarian cease-fires since Oct. 10. To date at least 65 Azerbaijani civilians have died and 297 have been injured while 2,243 houses and 90 multi-apartment residential buildings were destroyed and 402 civil facilities were damaged, according to Azerbaijan’s Prosecutor General’s Office.
Relations between the two former Soviet republics have been tense since 1991 when the Armenian military occupied Upper Karabakh, or Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions.
Four UN Security Council resolutions and two from the UN General Assembly as well as international organizations demand the "immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of the occupying forces" from the occupied Azerbaijani territory.