'Upper Karabakh should be given back to Azerbaijan'

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Wednesday that Turkey believed Upper Karabakh should be given back to Azerbaijan.

'Upper Karabakh should be given back to Azerbaijan'
Babacan, in Russian capital of Moscow, replied to questions of Russian journalists after completing his talks.

Commenting on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, Babacan said Turkey desired UN Security Council's decisions to be implemented regarding the Karabakh issue and the invasion on Azerbaijani territory should be ended.

Replying to a question on Iran's nuclear program, Babacan said problems related to such issue should be solved through diplomatic means and in a peaceful way.


Upon a question, Babacan said Turkey had no secret agenda regarding Middle East and its only desire was to see peace and stability in the region.

He said Turkey had a balancing role and a reliable position in the region, adding that Turkey was ready to use the important communication channels it had as a tool to solve the problems and to provide peace.


Commenting on the cooperation between Russia and Turkey regarding energy issue, Babacan said, during his talks with Russian Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko, they discussed the current and potential cooperation opportunities between the countries.

Babacan said Russia and Turkey were not rivals but they had complementary roles regarding energy issue.


Replying to a question on Kosovo, Babacan said the international community was divided and had different views on such issue.

"Every country has a different legal and political assessment. We respect Russia's assessments as well. However, ours are different. Consequently, we recognized Kosovo's independence on Monday," he said.

FM Babacan returned to Turkey later on Wednesday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Şubat 2008, 12:37