Turkish FM: Turkish-Armenian border will not be opened even temporarily
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu excluded the possibility of opening the Turkish-Armenian border even temporarily for NATO exercises scheduled for September, the DHA news agency reported.
"The Turkey-Armenia border will not be disclosed even for a short period. Being a NATO member, Turkey will contribute to the exercises in other ways," Davutoglu said.
Earlier, media reported that Turkey may temporarily open the border on Sept. 11- 17 as part of the NATO military exercises in Armenia. However, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu denied the rumors.
Diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey were severed in 1993 due to Armenia's claims of an alleged genocide and its occupation of Azerbaijani lands.
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 seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the United States - 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 surrounding territories.