Turkey says Armenia to 'pay the price' should it violate Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Thursday that Armenia would "pay the price" should it violate a latest ceasefire to halt military clashes over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Armenia and Azerbaijan signed the truce on Nov. 10. It cements some of the territorial gains made by Azerbaijan in the conflict that began in late September. Russian peacekeepers are being deployed to the region.

"They [Armenian forces] should either leave the territory voluntarily by abiding by the agreement, or the heroic Azerbaijani army will take those lands back as it did so far. There is no other choice," Çavusoglu said at a news conference in the Azeri capital of Baku.

Çavusoğlu also said the co-chairs of the OSCE’s Minsk Group, which was set up in 1992 to mediate a peaceful settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, were not balanced and objective. They comprise France, Russia and the United States.

"The Minsk trio must take a lesson from this process, especially France. Biased statements are being made even after the ceasefire agreement," he said.