TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO AZERBAIJAN: "TURKEY WILL OPEN BORDERS WITH ARMENIA AFTER THE LATTER WITHDRAWS ITS ARMED FORCES FROM THE OCCUPIED LANDS OF AZERBAIJAN"
28 October 2008 [14:30]
Turkey will open borders with Armenia after the latter withdraws
its armed forces from the occupied lands of Azerbaijan, said Turkish
ambassador to Azerbaijan Hulusi Kilic, according to Novosti-Azerbaijan.
Commenting on the statement of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan,
made on Monday during the visit to Nagorno Karabakh, according to which
"the opening of borders between Turkey and Armenia may have a positive
impact on the process of the resolution of Nagorno Karabakh conflict",
Kilic said that "Armenia has no right to put provisions to Turkey in
"Turkey closed borders with Armenia on April 4 of 1993 as a sign
of protest against occupation of Nagorno Karabakh and the adjacent
regions of lower Karabakh of Azerbaijan by Armenia. Turkey always
supported the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and will further
adhere to it", said the Turkish ambassador.
Kilic added that if Armenia intends to establish normal relations with
neighbor states, it must primarily review its occupational policy and
withdraw its occupational forces from the occupied lands of Azerbaijan.