Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 19 / Trend R. Hafizoglu /
Turkish politicians will remain faithful to the commitments given to Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani MP Gultakin Hajibeyli said.
"Despite its internal problems, Turkey has always respected Azerbaijan," Hajibeyli said at a meeting with journalists today. "Turkey's regional and global influence is growing."
Regarding normalization of theTurkish-Armenian relations, Hajibeyli said Armenia is not yet ready to get out of Russia's control. Moreover, the Armenian separatists are just not going to leave the Nagorno-Karabakh.
Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward Nalbandian signed the Ankara-Yerevan protocols in Zurich Oct. 10.
Diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey have been broken due to Armenia's claims of an alleged genocide, and its occupation of Azerbaijani lands. The border between them has been broken since 1993. In addition to the so-called "Armenian genocide" in 1915, Armenia has voiced territorial claims on Turkish Anatolia.
Whatever path the country has elected to resolve the conflict Turkey will always be close to Azerbaijan, she added.
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.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. General Assembly's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
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