Turkish-Armenian border no to be opened on Oct. 14: Turkish state minister

Turkish-Armenian border no to be opened on Oct. 14: Turkish state minister

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.18. / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /

The Turkish-Armenian border will not be disclosed on Oct.14, the Turkish state minister stated.

"The unfair occupation of the Azerbaijani territory should be put an end. The Armenian-Turkish border is not scheduled to be disclosed on Oct. 14. If you want to become sure of it, it is enough to view the Turkish-Armenian protocol," said Jamil Cicek, State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey.

On Aug. 31, Turkey and Armenia in the talks mediated by Switzerland reached an agreement to launch "internal political consultations" to sign the Protocol on Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and Protocol on Development of Bilateral Relations, the Turkish Foreign Ministry reported.

Political consultations will be completed within six weeks, and following that two protocols will be signed and submitted to the two countries' parliaments for approval. At present Turkey does not plan to open the borders with Armenia, Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davudoglu, said.

Armenian-Turkish ties have been severed since 1993.

According to Cicek, Turkey informed the Azerbaijani Government about all negotiations with Armenia.

"Some forces hold propaganda to harm the Turkish-Azerbaijani relations. Turkey has always been close to Azerbaijan. The normalization of the Turkish-Armenian relations will help promote the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem", Turkish State Minister said.

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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