Azerbaijani people can be sure that Nagorno-Karabakh problem is problem for all Turkish people: chairman of Turkey-Azerbaijan parliamentary friendship group
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 12 / Trend R. Hafizoglu /
Settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem is important for the Parliament and entire Turkish people, chairman of Turkey-Azerbaijan friendship group, Mustafa Kabakci, said addressing in the Turkish legislative body.
"It is early to forecast whether Armenia-Turkey protocols will be ratified in the Turkish Parliament. But Azerbaijani people can be sure that the Nagorno-Karabakh problem is the problem for entire Turkish people," Kabakci told Trend over phone form Ankara.
Armenian and Turkish foreign ministers Edward Nalbandian and Ahmet Davutoglu signed these protocols in Zurich on October 10.
Armenian-Turkish diplomatic ties have been severed since 1993 due to Armenia's claims of an alleged genocide, and the country's occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani lands.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost all of Nagorno-Karabakh except for Shusha and Khojali in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian armed forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and 7 districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Kabakci said that as before Turkey will support Azerbaijan irrespective of its political course.
"All representatives of Turkish political elite hold common position on the Nagorno-Karabakh problem irrespective of their belonging to parties, including Liberals, Nationalists or Islamists," he said.
Yesterday during his speech Turkish Prime-Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed that serious progress was not expected to take place between Turkey and Armenia without settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, Kabakci said.
"I think that the Turkish government will fulfill its promises and keep above-mentioned positions," he said.