Still Necessary to Review Relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey: Director of Human Rights Institute

Politics Materials 29 August 2008 14:24 (UTC +04:00)
Still Necessary to Review Relations between  Azerbaijan and   Turkey: Director of Human Rights Institute

Azerbaijan, Baku, 29 August / Trend corr. I.Alizade / The Human Rights Institute of the Azerbaijani National Academy of Sciences believes that if Armenia recognizes independence of North Cyprus Turkic Republic, relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey may strain.

"At present the Armenian Parliament is developing a document to recognize independence of North Cyprus," Rovshan Mustafayev, the director of the Institute, said during the discussions on situation in South Caucasus on 29 August.

Cyprus was divided into two parts after the Turkish-Greek war. None of countries, except Turkey, officially recognized independence of North Cyprus, where Turkish people reside. The international organizations, including the European Union (EU), recognized independence of Cyprus Republic, where Greek people reside.

According to Mustafayev, seven of eight versions of draft law was developed and it is still unknown which of them will be put for discussions.

"Processes are developing in the direction of Armenia's recognition of North Cyprus's independence. However, discussions on this matter are hidden from the public, because public's opinion does not interest anybody," the head of the institute said.

Mustafayev believes that necessity has aroused to review relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey. Thus, official Ankara's some steps evolved questions, which should be answered.

"The United States tries to pull out Armenia out of Russia's influence. Washington wants to carry out this task through Turkey. Therefore, Ankara has become more active recently and began to establish relations with Armenia. Presently, the main issue is its level of influence on relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey," Mustafayev stressed.

According to Mustafayev, situation is strained in South Caucasus. Scenario of 1945 may be repeated to reduce tensions: "In that case, the United States bombed Japan. Currently, the United States may bomb Iran to prevent the Russian aggression. It is not a favorable version for Azerbaijan, because Azerbaijan is located in an intermediate zone."

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