Azerbaijan expects Turkey to keep promise over Armneia thaw

Azerbaijan, a supplier of oil and gas to the West, opposes the frontier reopening without Armenia quiting the occupied mountain region.

Azerbaijan expects Turkey to keep promise over Armneia thaw

Azerbaijan said on Thursday expected Turkey would keep its promises over the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh after the Turkey-Armenia thaw.

Turkey and Armenia have agreed to start their internal political consultations on the establishment of diplomatic ties and development of bilateral relations.
Azerbaijan, a supplier of oil and gas to the West, opposes the frontier reopening without Armenia quiting the occupied mountain region.

Novruz Mammedov, a senior aide to Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, said on Thursday that the Turkish- Armenian rapprochement was contrary to Azeri national interests.

he also added: "I believe that before the border is opened, there could be movement in resolving the conflict, and certain agreement."

"The main thing is that the opening of the border should not contradict the interests of Azerbaijan, and that certain movement should be achieved in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," he told Azeri ANS television in comments posted on its website.

"It is necessary for the Turkish side to keep its promises."

Turkey and Armenia announced a roadmap to normalise ties in April. But Turkey has since said it would not open the frontier until Armenia withdraws from occupied Nagorno-Karabakh.

Azeri land has been under Armenian occupation in early 1990s in which nearly 30,000 people died and 2 million were forced to flee their homes. Shootings between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the region remain common despite a 1994 cease fire.

Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the area ended in 1994 when a ceasefire was signed. The two sides are still technically at war because no peace treaty has been signed.


Agencies

Last Mod: 04 Eylül 2009, 12:17
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