No Turkish Armenia Ties Without Conflict Resolution

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–"The unresolved Karabakh conflict remains one of the biggest obstacles for the establishment of peace and stability in the region," announced speaker f the Turkish National Assembly Yildrim Akbulut–while visiting Baku Tuesday–reported the Itar-Tass.

Speaking before Azeri legislators–he underlined that the Karabakh conflict was also impeding the realization of larger regional projects–including energy and transport. The chairman of Turkish parliament expressed his belief that the establishment of peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia will create a favorable opportunity for the regulation of not only bilateral but also multilateral co-operation in the region.

In a reference to the conflict resolution mechanisms–he stressed that his country supports direct negotiations between presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia and believes that direct dialogue may conclude with a peace treaty. In his words–Ankara comes out in favor of maintaining Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and solving the conflict on the basis of international laws.

Responding to questions–he said that Ankara will not open its borders with Armenia until the conflict is fully regulated.

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