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    Turkey Seeks To Ease Azeri Worries On Armenia Ties

    Azerbaijan -- President Ilham Aliyev meets with Turkish Prime-Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Baku, 13May2009
    Azerbaijan -- President Ilham Aliyev meets with Turkish Prime-Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Baku, 13May2009

    (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan promised Muslim ally Azerbaijan on Wednesday that Ankara will not open its border with Armenia until Armenia ends its prominent role in the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh.

       

    Erdogan was in Baku to ease Azerbaijan's concerns over reconciliation moves by Turkey and Armenia to end decades of hostility. These have alarmed Azerbaijan which first wants to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory over which it fought a war with ethnic Armenian separatists in the 1990s.

       

    "There is a cause and effect relation here. Occupation of Karabakh is the cause here and closing of the border is the effect. It is impossible for us to open the border unless that occupation ends," Erdogan told a joint news conference with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliev.

     

    Azerbaijan -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses Azerbaijani parliament, Baku, 13May2009

    Erdogan told Azerbaijan’s parliament later in the day: "Ankara will take no steps as long as we do not agree with our Azeri brothers".

     

    Aliev said he was "grateful" for Erdogan's words. "The people of Azerbaijan have been disturbed by reports in the mass media that Turkey could open its borders with Armenia without the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” he said. "Now I can say to the Azerbaijani people that there are no more suspicions on this.... There can be no more room for speculation.”

     

    It was Erdogan's first visit to the Azeri capital since Ankara and Yerevan announced last month a "roadmap" to normalize ties, which would include reopening the Turkish-Armenian border, under heavy U.S. pressure. "It is obvious that Turkey doesn't feel the U.S. pressure anymore and is now feeling the pressure to reassure Azerbaijan," said Wolfango Piccoli, from Eurasia consultancy.

       

    Turkey closed its border with Armenia in solidarity with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Azerbaijan shares linguistic and cultural ties with Turkey and fears reopening the border would weaken its hand in a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.

       

    Erdogan urged the so-called Minsk group -- set up in 1992 and co-chaired by Russia, the United States and France – to speed up efforts to find a solution to Nagorno-Karabakh.

     

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    greg , : virginia
    13.05.2009 21:42
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    It is pretty obvious now that the sarkisian administration signed armenia up to a secret roadmap that leads no where. in this whole charade, armenia gained nothing, and turkey successfully conned the US into scuttling genocide recognition. If I was Obama or Hillary Clinton, i would be ashamed of allowing the US State Dept and White House to be duped as it was by the Turkish government. So in the big game of football diplomacy, Turks 1, Sarkisian 0, and the US... well... just plain freakin' stupid.

    Zareh , : Montreal
    13.05.2009 19:47
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    Erdogan speaking in the Azeri parliament as the Prime Minister of Turkey (and not just an individual Joe) declares that &quot;unless Armenia ends the occupation and K.arabakh is liberated Turkey will not open its border with Armenia&quot;, he goes on to say that it is the Armenian media disinformation that talks about a &quot;roadmap&quot; without preconditions in a futile effort &quot;to drive a wedge between our people&quot;. According to him the Armenia media is lying. <br /><br />Cristal clear views by the Turkish side for the world to hear.<br /><br />But, we also know that it is the Armenian officials, to be precise Foreign Minister Nalbandian, who insist that there are no preconditions in establishing relations with Turkey, to which the Armenian media is simply transmitting that announcement to the public. Now, is Erdogan calling Nalbandian a lier? Are the Armenian officials lying to the public when their expressed views are so diametrically (and dramatically) opposite to those of Turkish leaders? <br /><br />What is going on here? <br /><br />One thing is sure, when Turkey so openly and OFFICIALLY says one thing, and our side talks about a &quot;road map&quot; with secret contents, this cannot be good for us.<br /><br />What kind of a joke is the Sarkisian administration playing with the Armenian public? How can the Armenians tolerate such attitude?<br /><br />