Russia, the US, France, Germany, and other countries have called on the parties to return to negotiations. At the same time, Turkey has stressed that it will back Azerbaijan "both in talks and combat", demanding that Armenia leave the "occupied territories".
The predominantly Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh region declared independence from Azerbaijan in 1991 and announced plans to join Armenia. The conflict led to a major war in the region between Yerevan and Baku that lasted until 1994, when the sides agreed to start talks to settle the dispute.
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