MP: Group of Turkish, Armenian businessmen won’t change Ankara’s position
Azerbaijan, Baku, November 22 / Trend, A. Tagiyeva /
The Government of Turkey has more than once expressed its principal position relating to opening of the Armenian-Turkish border and will not change its position, Mustafa Kabakchi, MP of the Great National Assembly (Parliament) of Turkey from the ruling Justice and Development Party, reported on Tuesday.
"Turkish officials, whether Prime Minister or President or Foreign Minister every time stresses his determination and steadfastness in this issue," said Kabakchi who is also the Chairman of the Turkey-Azerbaijan Friendship Group.
He said a group of Turkish and Armenian business people is unable to change anything in the issue of opening of the Armenian-Turkish border or improvement of relations between the two states.
Turkish and Armenian businessmen today signed a Memorandum of cooperation. The framework agreement signed at the sidelines of an Armenian-Turkish business forum in Yerevan on November 22-23 envisions intensification of contacts amongst entrepreneurs of the two states and lobbying of business structures in the issue of opening of the Armenian-Turkish border.
Responsible for this task will be the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Armenia from Armenian side and the Turkish-Armenian Business Development Council (TABDC) from Turkish side.
As viewed by Kabakchi, any news propagating rapprochement in Armenian-Turkish relations is spread by common enemies of Turkey and Azerbaijan.
"Certain forces try to use such sort of news to sow discords in Turkish-Azerbaijani relations, which are a cause of anxiety for common enemies of Turkey and Azerbaijan," he noted.
Turkish and Armenian Foreign Ministers Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward Nalbandyan signed Protocols of normalization of bilateral relations in Zurich on October 10, 2009. The Protocols, to enter into force, need to be ratified by the Parliaments of the two countries.
The Government of Turkey stated that relations between Ankara and Yerevan will be restored after Armenia pulls out from the occupied Azerbaijani lands.
There are no diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia, and the border between the two countries has been closed since 1993. The reasons are that the Armenians claim for international recognition of the so-called genocide and that the Armenian armed forces have occupied Azerbaijani territories.