ISTANBUL (Today’s Zaman)—Ankara continues to support a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that sees the dissolution of the mountainous Armenian Republic and its transfer to Azeri control, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday.
“Turkey wishes restoration of peace and order in southern Caucasus within the framework of this solution. We want normalization of relations not only between Turkey and Armenia but also between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” Davutoglu told reporters during the 11th summit of the heads of state and government of the Economic Cooperation Council (ECO) in Istanbul.
Asked if pressure on Turkey would change its stance on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Davutoglu said Turkey defends a solution based on Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity. “This is the norm of international relations. Similarly, Turkey wishes peace and order to prevail in the southern Caucasus within the scope of this solution,” he said, adding that Ankara is eager to normalize relations with Armenia.
Davutoglu ruled out the likelihood that Turkey will capitulate under pressure, adding that Ankara is ready to support every kind of peaceful process in the Caucasus.