The Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey will use all its power to ensure peace in the South Caucasus. He noted that the main objective of Ankara is not only to open the border with Armenia, but also to achieve a long-term peace in the Caucasus. Davutoglu said that the peace in Ankara is based on three components: relations between Turkey and Armenia; relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia and relations between ethnic Turks and Armenians in the world.
Baku sent Moscow a sign of the desire for further development of relations
Azerbaijan is waiting for Turkey's explanations in connection with the opening of Van-Yerevan flight
Armenian paper Zhokhovurd says that Turkey and Armenia were secretly having negotiations under Swiss Swiss mediation and US support.Russia and the US are having negotiations in Switzerland to send peacekeepers to the Nagorno-Karabakh area, a conflict zone that plays the key role in the Armenian-Turkish peace process.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan congratulated the President of Turkey Abdullah Gul on Republic Day (Turkish national holiday).Among other greetings this one should be considered out of the ordinary, because, as you know, there are still no diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia because of the question of recognition of the "Armenian genocide" in the Ottoman Empire in 1915. Moreover, in 1993 Turkey unilaterally closed the Turkish-Armenian border because of the Karabakh war.
Turkey has closed the National Committee for Armenian-Turkish Relations, 1news reports.The committee was founded as part of the Higher Educational Council of Turkey in 2003. It was researching relations of Turkey and Armenia, Armenian culture, politics, history and social structure.The committee consisted of two members of the Higher Educational Council, 7 scientists specialized in the Caucasus and Armenia and 5 non-state experts.
Turkey has permitted transit of gasoline and diesel fuel from Georgia to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Trend reports.The permission was granted for three years. transit through Turkey may be carried out via railway or road transport.The Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic is surrounded by Iran, Turkey and Armenia. It has had no railway or road connection with Azerbaijan since the 1990s. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict broke links with the republic.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul hopes for the normalization of relations with Armenia and considers his visit to the state in September 2008 risky, but the right move, News Armenia reports.Gul was speaking at Stanford University. He called the invitation of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to Yerevan a risky test. Gul was invited to a football match.
As part of the recent visit to Yerevan Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, Nikolai Patrushev, has signed the Protocol on establishing in Armenia new Armenian-Russian military technical facilities. The document presupposes participation of Russia in modernization of boundary infrastructure between Armenia and Turkey and Armenia and Iran. For example, Armenian-Russian centers on border guard training will be established. Deputy Director of the Institute Kavkaz, Sergey Minasyan, answers VK’s questions on military technical cooperation.
The Washington Post reported that underneath the plaza outside Israel’s Habima national theater, Israel has put the finishing touches on a new gathering place that it hopes will never host a crowd: the country’s most advanced public …
The Washington Post reported that India has joined China in saying it will not cut back on oil imports from Iran, despite stiff new U.S. and European sanctions designed to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program. “It is not possible for India to take any decision to reduce the import from Iran drastically because, after all, the countries which can provide the requirement of the emerging economy, Iran is an important country among them,” India’s finance minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters Sunday in Chicago.
Closed border prevents development of economic ties and trade
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has received a delegation from Turkey headed by the head of the International Relations Committee of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Volkan Bozkyr.The guest noted that Azerbaijani-Turkish relations are at a high level, and spoke about his impressions of the dynamic development of Azerbaijan, Trend reports.Bozkyr also congratulated Azerbaijan on the recent election of Azerbaijan as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
The US hopes that the Turkish Parliament will formally ratify protocols on normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia during the current session, said the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a conference of the US-Turkish Council, News-Armenia reports.
Richard Kirakosyan, the head of the Regional Research Center, tells VK about the prospects for the Armenian-Turkish process and the role of the US and Russia in it. - Armenian-Turkish relations are at the focus of international attention now, but there are very few who are ready to comment on the prospects for rapprochement between the two countries. Do you think Armenia is pre-disposed to it?