Gul Says Turkey-Armenia Accord Would Benefit Azerbaijan

Gul Says Turkey-Armenia Accord Would Benefit Azerbaijan

ISTANBUL (Hurriyet)–A possible accord to normalize ties between Ankara and Yerevan would benefit Azerbaijan, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said late Wednesday.

The Turkish president told a joint press conference with his Czech counterpart Vaclav Klaus in Prague that the reconciliation efforts are not against Azerbaijan.

The initiatives were also for the benefit of Turkey and Azerbaijan as well as for the establishment of stability in the entire Caucasus region, Gul said.

Baku is fuming over Turkey’s and Armenia’s recent efforts toward reconciliation, which could lead to reopening their joint border. Turkey closed the border in a show of solidarity with Azerbaijan, over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Azerbaijan has urged Turkey, its close ally, to link reconciliation efforts with Armenia to a resolution of the conflict that would favor Baku.

Turkey and Armenia, under Switzerland’s mediation, agreed last week on a framework for normalizing relations.

Gul also said he discussed energy issue with Klaus, adding that Turkey attached importance to the energy issue and was determined about the Nabucco project.

The Turkish president said he hopes that a memorandum of understanding would be signed between governments soon.

He said the main resources of the Nabucco project were the Caucasus, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, adding that they were working to determine whether those resources were sufficient.

Klaus was quoted by state-run Anatolian News Agency as telling the conference that his country supported Turkey’s EU membership process.

The Czech president said he showed his political will for Turkey’s participation in the integration process with the EU.

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