Turkish Official Reiterates His Country’s Position Over Karabakh

BAKU (Armenpress)–A top Turkish official reiterated that his government was not keen on normalizing relations with Armenia until the regulation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno Karabakh.

In a meeting with the leadership of the Azerbaijani parliament in Baku Omer Izgin–the chairman of Turkish legislator said Turkey would not embark on constructive dialogue with Armenia until it withdraws its troops from the occupied Azeri territories and finds a mutually acceptable peace formula with Azerbaijan.

The Turkish official also said that the Turkish Grand Assembly was going to issue a statement that would condemn "the policy of Armenian separatists" in Karabakh which is aimed at annihilation of Karabakh’s "native population."

Several Azeri lawmakers called on the Turkish official to urge his government to review its position over Azerbaijan and start providing bigger military aid to it. They also accused Russia of providing Armenia with military aid–which they said was violating the balance of forces in the region–but the Turkish official downplayed their "concerns."

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