Turkish Officials Back Kosovo Independence

PRISTINA, Kosov (RTK-TV)–A group of 60 Turkish parliamentarians and leaders of several municipalities, who are visiting Kosovo to mark the 618th anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo, expressed to Prime Minister Agim Ceku official Ankara’s full support for Kosovo’s independence process.
The Turkish representatives declared that cooperation between the two countries, which have historical ties, as they said, would further intensify once Kosovo becomes a fully independent and sovereign state.
Prime Minister Ceku meanwhile thanked the Turkish diplomacy for the great support given to Pristina on its path to Kosovo’s independence. He said that they would always be grateful to Turkey for this.
In early July, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Arkady Ghoukasian during a meeting with students of the Armenian-Russian University endorsed the application of the “Kosovo” principle to the Karabakh conflict and urged the re-inclusion of Karabakh in the negotiations.
“Azerbaijan has done nothing during the past 15 years to gain the trust of the people of Karabakh. Instead it has preferred to run a policy of threats and blackmail,” said the president.
Ghoukasian added that the Azeris were now engaged in propaganda and not finding a solution to the conflict, always presenting it as a dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
“There is only one way out of this situation: returning Karabakh to the negotiation table,” said Ghoukasian, adding that Karabakh would “reconsider its posturing” if the Azeri propaganda tactics continued.
Ghoukasian said that the so-called “Kosovo Solution” could apply to the Karabakh issue.
“If Kosovo can realize its right for self-determination, why can’t Karabakh do the same? No one seems to have an answer to this question,” concluded Ghoukasian.

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