Turkey calls on Armenia to solve issue with Azerbaijan

Turkey urged Yerevan to resolve Upper Karabakh dispute with Azerbaijan in order to help establish stability in the Caucasus.

Turkey calls on Armenia to solve issue with Azerbaijan

Turkey urged Yerevan to resolve Upper Karabakh dispute with Azerbaijan in order to help establish stability in the Caucasus.

"Normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia is not enough," Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Burak Ozgergin told a press briefing on Wednesday. "If Armenia does not resolve Upper Karabakh dispute with Azerbaijan, stability in the Caucasus can not be established. This is quite clear."

Turkey and Armenia signed two protocols in October 2009 to normalize ties and reopen their borders but Turkey insists that Armenia has to settle dispute with Azerbaijan. The Upper Karabakh region has been under Armenian occupation since a 1994 cease-fire which followed a six-year war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The region is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.

Ozugergin recalled that protocols were sent to Turkish Parliament to be ratified, adding that the parliament would decide what to do next.

Armenian government had sent the protocols to country's constitutional court and the court is expected to discuss them in the first half of January, he stated.

Azeri and Armenian officials are also in talks for months to settle the dispute. Presidents of the two countries have so far met five times to discuss the issue.

"They will meet once again in January. I think there is a progress," he said.


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