Davutoglu Guarantees Karabakh Precondition In Talks With Azeri Count

DAVUTOGLU GUARANTEES KARABAKH PRECONDITION IN TALKS WITH AZERI COUNTERPART

Asbarez
Dec 2nd, 2009

ATHENS (News.az)-Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Tuesday
reassured his Azeri counterpart of his government’s intention to
continue linking the normalization of its relations with Armenia to
a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azeri media reported
Wednesday.

Davutoglu and Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met Tuesday
in Athens on the sidelines of an OSCE Ministerial meeting, where
the Turkish foreign minister also met with his Armenian counterpart,
Eduard Nalbandian.

The Azeri Foreign Ministry said that Davutoglu told Mammadyarov that
the ratification of the Armenian-Turkish protocols, signed on October
10 in Zurich, is "possibly only after the occupation of Azerbaijani
lands by Armenia ends."

It said the two diplomats "exchanged views in all directions of
bilateral relations and touched upon regional issues, normalization
of the Turkish-Armenian relations, the Karabakh conflict and the
situation in Afghanistan."

Davutoghlu is also reported to have invited Mammadyarov for an official
visit to Turkey. Mammadyarov said he would make the trip in the latter
half of December, the Azeri Foreign Ministry said.

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