Turkish prime minister plans to visit Azerbaijan in mid May
After his visit to
Athens on 13-14 May, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to visit Baku to discuss the Turkish-Armenian protocols and the peace process in the South Caucasus, the website of NTV TV channel reported.
The exact date of the visit of Turkish Prime Minister is not specified, but it is expected that Erdogan will arrive in Baku in mid May.
The main topic of discussion with the Azerbaijani side will be the last meeting between the Turkish Prime Minister and Armenian President Serj Sargsyan in Washington, as well as freezing of the ratification process of the Turkish-Armenian protocols and the situation around the establishment of stability in South Caucasus.
Earlier in the U.S. the Turkish Prime Minister discussed with President Obama the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement and called for the intensification of the OSCE Minsk Group's role in resolving the conflict.
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.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.