Azerbaijani and Turkish opposition parties need to meet: party chairman
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 19 / Trend , A.Huseynbala /
The head of the opposition party of Azerbaijan considers it important to meet with representatives of political parties in Turkey in connection with the signing of Turkey-Armenia protocols.
"However, because of the lack of such a tradition, the implementation of such a meeting is very difficult," chairman of Azerbaijan Democratic Party (ADP) Sardar Jalaloglu told Trend on Oct. 19.
Turkish and Armenian Foreign Ministers, Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward Nalbandian signed the Ankara-Yerevan protocol in Zurich on Oct. 10.
According to Jalaloglu, although the political parties in Azerbaijan make such attempts, it is unlikely that the meeting will take place. "Yet extensive bilateral ties have not been established between the parties of Azerbaijan and Turkey. On the other hand, in addition to our desires, it is also essential that Turkish parties also have interest in this," said the party chairman.
According to party chairman, the opening of borders between Turkey and Armenia and bringing this issue to the agenda without the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can result in the appearance of unexpected processes in the region. "The opposition of Azerbaijan is concerned by this issue not less than the power. For this reason, for the benefit of the common matter, it would also be beneficial to make consultations with opposition parties of Turkey," said Jalaloglu.
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.
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