Ozal warning

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The Turkish President, Turgut Ozal, said yesterday that his country could form a military alliance with Azerbaijan to fend off attacks by Armenian forces, Reuter report from Baku. 'We will take whatever steps are necessary if the fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia does not stop, including the formation of a military alliance with Azerbaijan.'

Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency has launched an airlift of tents, blankets and other relief supplies for some 50,000 Azeris forced to flee the Armenian military advance.