His comment came in a joint presser in the Turkish capital Ankara with Turkey’s foreign minister. The press conference followed a meeting where the two discussed the latest tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Stoltenberg said there should be alternative ways of solving the issue.
For his turn, Cavusoglu criticized what he called Armenian attacks against civilian settlements in Ganja calling it a “war crime”. He also criticized Armenia’s supporters for lending their hand to its occupation for the past 30 years.
Stoltenberg and Cavusoglu also discussed east Mediterranean tensions, with Ankara stressing its claims on the region's maritime wealth. NATO is now taking the role of mediator between Turkey and Greece to find a solution to the ongoing tensions that is the result of conflicting interests of both NATO allies in east Mediterranean.
In a deescalating step Turkey pulled back its drilling ship Yavuz from southwest of Cyprus. Analysts see the step as another goodwill sign from Turkey which showed its readiness for negotiations.
The conflict began to ease when the two agreed last month to resume direct negotiations for the first time since 2016. No date for the Istanbul talks has been announced.