Azerbaijani top official: Turkey's position satisfies Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Apr. 15 / Trend M.Aliyev /
Position of Turkey, which is a strategic partner of Azerbaijan, fully satisfies Baku, Azerbaijani Presidential Administration socio-political department head Ali Hasanov told journalists today.
"We and Turkey, as one nation with two states, have no analogues diplomatic, political, social, cultural links and do not intend for anyone else's dictation to break these ties. This opinion is shared by Turkey," Hasanov said.
It will be possible to open borders between Turkey and Armenia only after resolving of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Washington.
"Only resolving of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict can become the basis for the opening of Turkish-Armenian border", CNN Turk quotes Erdogan.
Hasanov said during the recent meetings in Washington, Erdogan and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made it clear that it is impossible to establish normal economic and social relations between Armenia and Turkey without the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, the achievement of normal diplomatic breakthrough on the Armenian-Azerbaijani front and the withdrawal of Armenian troops from the occupied lands.
"This position satisfies us. We believe Turkey, as a brotherly and friendly state of Azerbaijan, will adhere to this position and defend it until the end," he added.
Azerbaijan is dissatisfied with the activities of the United States to settle the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict within the OSCE Minsk Group, Hasanov said.
"Azerbaijan has repeatedly raised the questions on violations of its rights and territorial integrity that are under the influence of Armenian lobby, forgetting about the neutrality, openly support Armenia," Hasanov said.
He said putting pressure on some neighboring countries - Turkey and other states - the united States requires the establishment of political ties. "This does not relates to the U.S. mission, in particular, as a member of the Minsk Group," Hasanov 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.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
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