FM says Turkey, Azerbaijan eye new era for peace

Davutoglu said that Turkey and Azerbaijan were willing to begin a new era in which both countries would normalize relations in the region, secure mutual trust and open all borders.

FM says Turkey, Azerbaijan eye new era for peace

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday that Turkey and Azerbaijan had common goals and that they were willing to begin a new era in which both countries would normalize relations in the region, secure mutual trust and open all borders.

Following his meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Baku, Davutoglu met with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Memmedyarov and then the two ministers appeared at a joint news conference.

Davutoglu said U.S. and Russian co-chairs of the Minsk Group was due in Azerbaijan on Tuesday, which he said was a very important development, adding, "we hope efforts speed up with Minsk Group's initiatives and end up with its final goal."

The Minsk Group was created in 1992 by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to encourage a peaceful, negotiated resolution to the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Upper Karabakh. The Minsk Group is headed by a co-chairmanship consisting of France, Russia and the United States.

Turkey monitors Minsk Group's activities very closely, Davutoglu said. He said Turkish officials had meetings with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and gave their messages clearly.

"There is a great opportunity over Madrid Principles and everybody should make use of it. Everybody must exert efforts for a solution around these principles instead of killing the clock," he said.

Following the news conference Davutoglu departed from Azerbaijan for Iran.


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