Baku ‘Satisfied’ With Erdogan’s Remarks in Washington

BAKU (–The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has reacted positively to statements by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan following a meeting with Armenian president Serzh Sarkisian in Washington.

“Azerbaijan is satisfied that Turkey’s position on the resolution of the Karabakh conflict is unchanged. Baku is satisfied with the position of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Elkhan Polukhov said Tuesday, commenting on remarks by Erdogan and Davutoglu reiterating Ankara’s demands that Yerevan agree to a pro-Azeri settlement to the Karabakh conflict.

According to the Turkish daily “Sabah,” Erdogan told Sarkisian that the existing “political atmosphere” does not bode well for their ratification of fence mending agreements with Armenia by Turkey’s Grand National Assembly. He blamed it on recent decisions by U.S. and Swedish lawmakers to recognize the 1915 massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide. Erdogan also stressed the importance of a Karabakh settlement for the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations before departing to Washington. He said he made this clear in his earlier meetings with the presidents of the United States, Russia and France. The three nations have been co-chairing the OSCE’s so-called Minsk Group on Karabakh.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu similarly confirmed in an interview with the Azeri Press Agency that the Karabakh conflict was a key issue in Erdogan’s talks with Sarkisian.  


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