Ozil sides with Azerbaijan and calls for ending violence in Karabakh
In an apparent show of solidarity with Turkish stand, Mesut Ozil has sided with Azerbaijan in the ongoing military conflict with Armenia in the disputed Nagorny Karabakh regoin.
The Arsenal midfielder released a statement on Twitter with a hashtag of “One nation, two states,” referring to the fraternity and strong ties between Turkey and Azerbaijan.
“For me, it’s important that everyone in the world should know the fact that the Nagorno-Karabakh region is legally and internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, yet it is currently occupied illegally,” Ozil said his message slamming Armenia.
“In March 2008, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution reaffirming the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and demanding the withdrawal of all Armenian forces,” he added.
He said the UN’s decision on the dispute should be upheld and recognized.
He added that the current fighting in Upper Karabakh — also known as Nagorno-Karabakh — is seriously worrying people and also imperils international peace and security.
“Let’s achieve peace and let’s work towards a fair future, and one without violence. Every death on either side is a loss for everyone,” he added.
Amidst calls from different corners, a humanitarian truce had been declared Saturday for exchanging prisoners and the retrieval of the bodies of either sides’ soldiers in Upper Karabakh.
A week ago, Armenian national football team captain and former Arsenal teammate of Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a letter addressed to the Russian President Vladimir Putin had appealed to use their powers to stop the ongoing conflict in the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region.
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