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TURKISH POLITICAL SCIENTIST: "INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CAN INCREASE PRESSURE ON TURKEY AFTER RATIFICATION OF THE PROTOCOLS AT THE ARMENIAN PARLIAMENT"

APA
Jan 12 2010
Azerbaijan

Istanbul. Mayis Alizadeh – APA. "We cannot say that the Armenian
Constitutional Court’s positive opinion about the protocols signed
by Turkey creates factor of pressure on Ankara. But there will be
pressure while another factors come, because Armenians announced
that they will continue the process. The international community can
increase pressure on Turkey after ratification of the protocols at the
Armenian parliament". The most important issue is the developments
around the Nagorno Karabakh conflict", chief of the international
relations department of the Istanbul-based Culture University Mansur
Akgun told APA Turkish bureau.

He urged for steps toward solution to Nagorno Karabakh conflict for
accelerating the rapprochement. "I don’t think that Turkey will take
actions easily under current conditions because Turkey will never
take any action against Azerbaijan. EU Foreign Relations Commission
welcomed Turkey’s actions in the Caucasus. If there is any important
progress in April, Turkey can bring protocols to the parliament. If
the occupied lands are liberated and Turkish-Armenian relations are
normalized, Azerbaijan will take most benefits. If Armenia rejects
Russian influence and makes step toward the West, it will be useful
for Azerbaijan because Azerbaijan has such strong arm like oil. But
unfortunately there is no progress in this field".

Mansur Akgun said if the relations with Armenia were not normalized,
Turkey wouldn’t lose anything. "The "genocide" issue will not
create problems for Turkey further. Turkey doesn’t see Armenia as a
market because potential of Armenian people as buyers is known. It
is difficult to believe that Turkey will make concrete steps while
there are no concrete actions toward the solution of Nagorno Karabakh
problem".

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