Ankara Can ‘Solve’ Karabakh Conflict, Says Turkey’s UN Envoy

ertugrul_apakanUNITED NATIONS (Today.az)–Turkey is seeking to establish itself as a mediator in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, according to a recent report by the Azeri Today.az news portal quoting Turkey’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations as saying that Ankara has the ability to solve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Turkish UN Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan is reported to have said that he is confident that Turkey will be able to help its ally Azerbaijan solve existing problems with Armenia. “We never had any other intentions. Especially while speaking about Azerbaijan, we never leave our brothers alone on half of the way,” he said.

“Turkey’s responsibility is to play either the role of mediator or to ease the processes of conflict resolution. Armenia’s responsibility is to make more steps towards peace in the current situation,” Apakan was quoted by Today.az as saying.

Apakan’s remarks come amid a period of heightened concern over recently signed agreements between Armenia and Turkey that provide Ankara the opportunity to link its normalization of relatiosn with Yerevan to a resolution of the Karabakh conflict favoring Azerbaijan.

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