Trend, Azerbaijan
Oct 11 2013

Azerbaijan, Baku, October 11/ Trend R. Hafizoglu /

The occupied Azerbaijani territories need to be liberated to resume the
Turkish- Armenian dialogue, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu
said at a joint press conference held with Swiss Foreign Minister,
Anadolu agency reported on Friday.

According to him, four years ago Ankara tried having dialogue with
Yerevan , but due to the fault of the Armenian side, the talks were
broken off.

He also added that Turkey hopes to resume negotiations between the

According to the Foreign Minister, the resumption of Turkish-
Armenian dialogue should take place in parallel with negotiations
between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

On October 10, 2009, the foreign ministers of Turkey and Armenia,
Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward Nalbandian, signed protocols in Zurich on
the normalisation of bilateral relations. These protocols need to
be ratified by the parliaments of both countries in order to enter
into force.

The Turkish Government has repeatedly stated that relations between
Ankara and Yerevan will be restored after Armenia withdraws from the
occupied Azerbaijani territories.

Turkey and Armenia have no diplomatic relations and the border between
them has been closed since 1993. This was caused by Armenian claims for
international recognition of the so-called "genocide" and occupation
of Azerbaijani territories.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988
when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian
armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992,
including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The
co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France and the U.S. -
are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four
resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the
surrounding regions.