Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 9 / Trend, M. Aliyev /
Turkey will not change its position on opening its border with Armenia, Milli Majlis (Azerbaijani Parliament) member, deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Security and Defense Aydin Mirzazade told Trend on Wednesday.
"Despite the fact that 20 years has passed since the closure of border, and there has been a succession of governments in Turkey, the government's position on this issue has not changed and will not change in the future," Mirzazade said.
Some Armenians periodically raise the question of the opening of borders with Armenia, he said.
"However this is nothing but an initiative. Turkey has a democratic society, so the issue of opening the border with Armenia could be brought up for discussion, but broad support for this issue is not possible," he said.
Mirzazade said today Armenia has claims on Turkish lands and is trying to falsify history by fabricating a fictional Turkish genocide.
"The policy pursued by Armenia today has had a negative impact on Armenia itself. This is why it can be said that none of these initiatives will be successful," he said.
A collection of signatures for the unconditional opening of the Turkish-Armenian border was launched on the White House website in the U.S. The petition notes that the borders should at least be opened for moving Syrian refugees from Turkey to Armenia.
There is no need to move Syrian refugees from Turkey to Armenia and the opening of the Turkish-Armenian border for this purpose is currently impossible, the Disasters and Emergency Situations Directorate of Turkey AFAD told Trend on Wednesday.
The needs of Syrian refugees in Turkey are met by the Turkish government and international organizations, the agency said.
There are no diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia, and the border between the two countries has been closed since 1993. The reasons for this being Armenia's calls for international recognition of the so-called Armenian genocide and the Armenian armed forces' occupation of Azerbaijani territories.
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