Normalizing Armenia-Turkey ties will create new dynamics in Caucasus: U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 2 / Trend , E. Tariverdiyeva/
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Mathew Bryza will arrive in Baku on April 2.
The impact of a possible Armenia-Turkey agreement on resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be discussed during the visit, Bryza told Trend in a telephone conversation from Washington.
"Normalizing Armenia-Turkey ties will create new and positive dynamics in the region," he said.
Turkey and Armenia seek to normalize their ties severed in 1993.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul visited Yerevan on Sept. 6, 2008 upon the invitation of his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan to watch an Armenia-Turkey football match.
Efforts have been made to normalize ties between the two countries ever since.
Armenian-Turkish ties have been severed due to Armenia's claims of an alleged genocide, the country's occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory and territorial claims to Turkey's Anatolia province.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
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