Baku doesn’t believe in Armenian position's positive change after signing Ankara-Yerevan protocol
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 1 / Trend U.Sadikhova /
Baku does not believe signing of the Turkish-Armenian protocol on the resumption of diplomatic ties may lead to positive changes in Armenia's position.
"Signing of the Turkish-Armenian protocol on the resumption of diplomatic ties, of course, will affect solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and development of the region. But I do not want to jump ahead. We have stated that we do not believe that without achieving advancements in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict any steps in this direction and the signing of the protocols is possible," Deputy Foreign Minister, Araz Azimov, told journalist on Oct.1.
Signing of the protocols may change Armenia's position, but it is unlikely that these changes will be positive, Azimov 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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