Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 13
Rufiz Hafizoglu, Trend Arabic News service head
Participation of the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation was met ambiguously both in Turkey and in Armenia.
Undoubtedly there are many people in Ankara who took this visit as a major turning point in Turkish-Armenian relations. At least, because Davutoglu, the founder of the "zero problems with neighbors" idea in Turkey's foreign policy, has more political clout, in contrast to former FM Ali Babacan, who at one time also made a visit to Yerevan. Although the policy of "zero problems" is effective in relation to certain states, Yerevan still does not want to take advantage of it.
With full confidence we can say that, despite Armenia's ambitions with regard to Turkey, Yerevan each time pushes away the hand of friendship extended by Ankara. At the same time Turkish officials are well aware that there will be no sufficient progress in the development of relations with Yerevan.
In his first statement after returning from Yerevan, Turkish FM noted the impossibility of solving the problems between the two countries in the near future.
As for the normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations, one of the biggest obstacles to this is Armenia's claims to Turkey in connection with the "genocide" and territorial claims against its neighbors.
Turkish officials have repeatedly expressed readiness to collaborate with Armenia and other states of the commission on investigation of the events of 1915. Armenia's silence about this proposal gives grounds to assert that the "genocide" allegedly committed in 1915 against the Armenians in Turkey, is fiction. Armenia would have accepted Turkey's proposal if the genocide had taken place.
Another issue is the occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia. One of the recent statements of the Turkish FM notes that Ankara will not compromise in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and the normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey depends on peace in the South Caucasus.
Davutoglu especially stressed in his statement that even if Turkey and Armenia do restore normal diplomatic relations, without peace in the South Caucasus this relationship can be broken at any time.
If we look at the history of relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey, we can say with full confidence that Ankara will never make concessions in the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, regardless of which political force is in power in Turkey. Given this, relations between Ankara and Yerevan have no future.
Translated by E.A.
Edited by C.N.