01.02.2010 10:46

Efforts by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's
(OSCE) Minsk Group, which has striven to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh
conflict for more than 17 years, have not been productive, Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

Speaking in an interview broadcast live on a state-owned television
station, Erdogan reiterated Ankara's uneasiness over the grounds
for an Armenian Constitutional Court decision on Jan. 12 that found
protocols signed with Turkey in Zurich on Oct. 10 of last year in
conformance with the Armenian Constitution, as the decision included
preconditions and restrictive conditions.

"There has been serious neglect by the Minsk trio," Erdogan added,
referring to the three co-chairs of the Minsk Group - France, Russia
and the United States. "They couldn't bring this issue to a certain
point in 20 years. If Russia, the US and France had worked hard within
the past 20 years, none of these problems would have emerged; neither
the trouble between us and Armenia nor a trouble between Armenia and
Azerbaijan would remain," Erdogan said. "The performance of Russia,
America and France was below expectations," he said, Today's Zaman