U.S, Washington, Jan. 12 / Trend N. Bogdanova /
It is impossible to establish peace in the South Caucasus without Azerbaijan, former U.S. Congressman Robert Wexler said. Wexler yesterday began working as president of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation.
"Azerbaijan's point of view must be taken into account while normalizing Turkey-Armenia relations," Wexler told Trend .
Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward Nalbandian signed the Ankara-Yerevan protocols on normalization bilateral relations in Zurich Oct. 10. Diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey were broken in 1993.
Diplomatic relations were broken due to Armenian claims of an alleged genocide and its occupation of Azerbaijani lands.
"The normalization of Turkey-Armenia relations must be stimulating process for the sides," Wexler said.
Wexler said Turkey and Azerbaijan have a positive political will to bring the dynamism to the region.
"The U.S. continues to see Turkey and Azerbaijan as its main allies in the region," he added.
As a congressman, Wexler worked in the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives from the date of his election to Congress in 1997.
Since then, he has actively supported the close cooperation of the U.S. with several countries, including Azerbaijan.
Wexler also served as co-chairman and founder of the Turkish faction.