Davutoglu Pushes Karabakh Agenda in Baku

BAKU/TEHRAN (Hurriyet)–With a few days left for U.S. President Barack Obama to make his annual April 24 speech, Turkey has increased diplomatic efforts to speed up the peace process between Baku and Yerevan over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Elmar Memedyarov on Monday.

“We first met with France’s President Nicholas Sarkozy, then with Mr. Obama and we also contacted the Russians. These three countries make up the Minsk Group. And we also had meetings with Armenia and Azerbaijan. Now we have a better picture in front of us,” Davutoğlu told reporters traveling with him late Monday.

“Thanks to these sorts of meetings we can always keep the issue on the agenda of the international community. We do have the objective of keeping the relations between the parties in the right rhythm.” Davutoglu said, adding that Russian President Dimitry Medvedev would visit Turkey on May 11 and 12.

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