Without solution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, opening Turkey-Armenia borders can not be topic of discussion: Turkish MP
Without solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, opening Turkey-Armenia borders can not be topic of discussion, said Omer Chelik Turkish MP from the ruling Justice and Development Party, TRT 3 TV Channel reported.
According to the MP, some groups have turned the Turkish-Armenian protocol in an object of speculation.
"They believe that signing the protocol, Turkey has refused from the Kars agreement and creates a deceptive image that allegedly Nakhchivan is under the threat of Armenians," Chelik said.
In fact Turkey has never retreated from the Kars agreement and that the Armenian lobby has declared the Oct.10 another day of mourning says that signing of the protocol with Armenia is in favor of Turkey, Chelik added.
On Oct. 21, the Turkish parliament launched discussions on the Armenian-Turkish protocol.
During the speech by the MP from the ruling Justice and Development Party of Turkey Omer Chelik, MPs from the opposition left the meeting hall of Parliament as protest.
Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward Nalbandian signed the protocols Ankara-Yerevan in Zurich on October 10.
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.
Earlier, representatives of the Turkish government claimed that opening of the Turkish-Armenian border cannot be topic of discussion, until Armenia withdraw its troops from the occupied Azerbaijani lands.