MPs from opposition criticize Turkish FM's statement in parliament
The Turkish MPs from the opposition sharply criticized the Turkish government for signing of the Turkey-Armenia protocol on normalization of relations with Armenia, TRT 3 TV channel reported.
On Oct.21, the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davudoglu made statements at the Turkish parliament on these protocols.
Davudoglu's statements urging that by ratification of the Turkey-Armenia protocol the Turkey-Armenia borders will be officially recognized were subject to criticism.
Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward Nalbandian signed the protocols Ankara-Yerevan in Zurich on October 10.
Problems in the region should be solved step by step and the Armenia-Turkey protocols will accelerate settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, Davudoglu said.
"Turkey has always supported Azerbaijan and there is no country in the world that so strongly supports Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh dispute has always been a priority for the Turkish government," the minister stated.
Davudoglu said Turkey will do its best to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
There is no stable political environment to solve the frozen conflicts in the Caucasus, Davudoglu stated.
Diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey have been broken due to Armenia's claims of an alleged genocide, and its occupation of Azerbaijani lands. The border between them has been broken since 1993.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan lost all of Nagorno-Karabakh except for Shusha and Khojali in December 1991. In 1992-93, Armenian armed forces occupied Shusha, Khojali and 7 districts surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.