Turkish foreign minister says relations with Armenia to remain frozen until Armenia withdraws from Karabakh
GANJA, Azerbaijan (Turkish Press)—A normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia is impossible without a solution to the 20 year-old conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, said Turkey’s foreign minister during a joint press conference with his Azeri and Georgian counterparts Elmar Memmedyarov and Maya Pandjikidze in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja on Wednesday.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said opening the border with Armenia would be possible if Yerevan withdraws its forces from the region.
Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Memmedyarov said the parties discussed the Southern Gas Corridor, energy issues, and the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars regional rail link project, which will directly connect Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
He also said they exchanged views on further developing relations.
A joint declaration was signed by the three ministers after the annual Turkey-Azerbaijan-Georgia tripartite meeting.
The first meeting took place in Turkey in 2012 and the second in Georgia.