Arrangements being held for meeting between Azerbaijani, Turkish parliamentary parties
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 10 / Trend , A.Huseynbala/
Arrangements are being held for a meeting between the Azerbaijani and Turkish parliamentary parties.
"Addresses and relevant documents are being developed to send to the Turkish parliament's parties to hold a meeting," Azerbaijani opposition Great Establishment Party (GEP) Chairman Fazil Mustafa told Trend on March 10.
In late 2008, the Azerbaijani parliament's six parties, including Ana Vatan, Unified Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan, Civil Solidarity and Adalat agreed to meet with the Turkish parliament's political parties. The meeting aims to discuss anxiety aroused in both countries due to the Turkish-Armenian relations.
Armenian-Turkish relations have been severed since 1993 due to Armenia's "genocide" campaign and forceful occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory. Turkish President Abdullah Gul visited Yerevan on Sept. 6, 2008 after being invited by Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan to watch a football match between the two countries. Efforts have been made to normalize ties ever since.
Mustafa said that it is planned to invite two representatives from every 5 Turkish parties to the meeting. "The meeting will focus on the Turkish-Armenian relations and how it will be useful to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh and other conflicts," the GEP chairman said.
The parliamentarian said that a declaration will be adopted on results of the meeting in Baku. "The document will include mutually coordinated issues," Mustafa said.
The parliamentarian does not exclude that officials of the Turkish governing Justice and Development Party will partake in the meeting.
The opposition GEP was founded in 2004 and passed state registration in 2005. Member of Azerbaijani Parliament Fazil Mustafa (Fazil Gazanfaroglu) is the chairman of the party. The party's chairman was a presidential candidature in the 2008 elections and gained 2.4 percent of votes.
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