Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.5
By Orkhan Guluzade - Trend:
Turkey doesn’t intend to open the borders with Armenia, Turkey’s ambassador to Azerbaijan Ismail Alper Coskun told reporters in Baku Aug.5.
Everyone knows why Turkey closed its borders with Armenia and after what it can open those borders, said the diplomat.
Turkey supports peace and stability in the region as before, since it is in the interest of all the countries in the region, including Turkey.
The diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey were severed in 1993. The break in relations, as well as, the closing of borders between Turkey and Armenia in 1993 was due to Yerevan's claims over recognition of the so-called Armenian genocide in the world and Armenia's occupation of Azerbaijani lands.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.