Erdogan Repeats Karabakh Precondition

ANKARA (Combined Sources)–In a nationally televised address Thursday Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it was not possible for Turkey to be involved in any effort that might harm Azerbaijan or its government.

Erdogan said that efforts to normalize relations with Armenian were aimed at establishing peace, confidence and stability in the region, however not at the expense of Azerbaijan.

He also added that President Barack Obama’s visit to Turkey was not an effort to exert pressure on Turkey to compromise on the Armenian deal, but rather to obtain Turkey’s input in regional issues.

Reports in the Turkish press have said that the United States was closely involved in the drawing up of the Turkish-Armenian statement. According to “Hurriyet Daily News,” Erdogan agreed to sign it only after Washington threatened to recognize the Genocide.

Erdogan reiterated his disagreement with Obama’s April 24 message on the occasion of the 94th anniversary of the Genocide, stressing that the matter should be addressed by historians.

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