Without considering solution of Nagorno-Karabakh problem, signing Turkey-Armenia protocol is contrary to Azerbaijan's interests: head of presidential administration's department
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.30. / Trend E.Huseynli /
The Azerbaijani government believes Turkey should not sign any agreement with Armenia unless the Nagorno-Karabakh problem is resolved.
Signing any agreement between Turkey and Armenia without considering the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem is contrary to Azerbaijan's interests, Head of the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration Socio-Political Department, Ali Hasanov, told Trend on Sept.30.
The protocol's final version will be signed by foreign ministers of Armenia and Turkey, Ahmet Davudoglu and Edward Nalbandian on Oct.10 or Oct.11, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Trend in an exclusive interview.
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 said.
"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," the ministry said.
At present, Turkey does not plan to disclose the borders with the neighboring Armenia, Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davudoglu said.
There are no diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia and the borders have been closed since 1993.
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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