Turkish, Azeri presidents sign declaration on Karabakh
Turan news agency, Baku
13 Apr 04
Ankara, 13 April: A meeting of the Azerbaijani and Turkish presidents
was held in Ankara today as part of Azerbaijani President Ilham
Aliyev’s official visit to Turkey. After the presidents’ 30-minute
meeting in private, the talks continued at the level of delegations.
In his statement for the press, Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer
said Ankara attached special importance to relations with Baku and
intended to maintain the relations on this level. Touching on the
Karabakh theme, Sezer said that Turkey believes that the conflict must
be resolved peacefully in accordance with the principles of
Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and international law.
Ankara will do everything in its power to turn the South Caucasus
region into an area of peace and cooperation, Sezer said.
Ilham Aliyev, in turn, said Azerbaijan had always felt Turkey’s
support and help and appreciated them. In his view, there are reasons
to make these strategic partnership relations even deeper and
After the meeting, a joint declaration was signed reflecting the
thesis that the Karabakh conflict must be resolved in line with the
principle of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.
The declaration also says that Turkey and Azerbaijan intend to develop
their cooperation in the political and economic areas, especially in
the energy sector.
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress