Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 13 / Trend , U.Sadikhova/
Azerbaijani flags will be allowed to the Turkey-Armenia football match to be held in the Turkish city of Bursa on Oct. 14, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Turkey Zakir Hashimov told Trend .
"Turkish Foreign Ministry, the presidential staff and the office of Prime Minister [of Turkey] did not give orders banning the Azerbaijani flags at the match," said Hashimov. "Bringing the Azerbaijani flag cannot be banned."
The Bursa Governorship has imposed a ban on bringing the Azerbaijani flag during the Turkey-Armenian match to be held on Oct. 14, the Bursa Governor Sehabeddin Harput's Press Secretary Nurdan Berkin told Trend on Oct. 7. Berkin said this step is taken to prevent possible provocations.
However, there was an idea not to allow the flags, but later it was decided to allow them, Hashimov said.
The presidents of Turkey and Armenia are expected to attend the Turkey-Armenia football match and the two countries signed protocols on the normalization of relations in Zurich last Saturday.
Turkish and Armenian Foreign Ministers, Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward Nalbandian signed the Ankara-Yerevan protocol in Zurich on Oct. 10.
Armenian-Turkish ties have been severed since 1993 due to Armenia's claims to recognize so-called "Armenian genocide" and Armenia's 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 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.