Erdogan Calls Minsk Group ‘Useless’

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan

ANKARA (Today’s Zaman)—Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation Europe, tasked with the mediation of the Karabakh conflict, “useless,” reiterating his position that normalization of relations with Armenia was contingent upon the resolution of the Karabakh conflict.

Erdogan, in an interview with the Azeri ANS-TV Monday, said that the Minsk Group has failed to find a solution to the Karabakh conflict.

“Though the Minsk Group has been working for about 20 years, it has failed to achieve any results. I wonder what the Minsk Group can do today, if it has failed during the past 20 years,” said Erdogan

“Unless Azerbaijan and Armenia find a solution to the Karabakh problem, relations between Ankara and Yerevan will not be normalized,” added Erdogan, saying that Armenia and Azerbaijan must take positive steps toward resolving the conflict.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu expressed hope on during an interview with ANS-TV that a breakthrough on the Karabakh conflict will take place during the upcoming Armenia and Azerbaijan presidential summit mediated by Russia in the city of Kazan.

“The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a focal point during each meeting between US, Russian and French officials. We will step up efforts to resolve the conflict. I am certain breakthroughs will be achieved at the presidents’ meeting in Kazan,” said Davutoglu.

“The joint statement on Nagorno-Karabakh adopted within the framework of the G8 Summit led to encouraging prospects. We hope Armenia will realize that protracting the conflict resolution conflicts with its positions and that it will make the right choice in the earliest possible timeframe,” added Davutoglu.

The Minsk Group co-chairmen arrived in Baku Monday. The Azeri foreign ministry announced that a meeting between the Azeri and Armenian foreign ministers will take place ahead of the Kazan summit on June 11.

The Co-chairmen are expected to travel to Stepanakert Tuesday and continue on to Yerevan Wednesday.


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  1. craig said:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the EU and US put half the amount of pressure on Turkey to solve Cyprus, stop Kurdish oppression and recognize the Genocide?
    Keep on dreaming, right?
    We learned the hard way that it’s fend for yourselves.

  2. Karl said:

    No, Erdogan, you’re useless. Why must the Karabakh issue be resolved in order for Armenia and Turkey to normalize relations? Why is it so important to you that the issue be resolved to Turkey and Azerbaijan’s liking, especially when Turkey is illegally and unjustly occupying Northern Cyprus? You’re a hypocrite, Erdogan, and a detriment to peace, much like your warmongering dictator of a pal, Aliyev.

    • Tony said:

      Don’t forget Turkey illegally occupying anatolia–Turks are from Mongolia– and the Azeris illegally occupying the Caucasus and Nachicavan–never was an Azeribaijan before 1918.