OPENING OF ARMENIA-TURKEY BORDER WITHOUT RESOLUTION OF NAGORNO-KARABAKH CONFLICT CONTRADICTS AZERBAIJAN'S NATIONAL INTERESTS: FOREIGN MINISTRY

ArmInfo
2009-09-01 14:25:00

ArmInfo. "Azerbaijan's position on opening of Armenia-Turkey border is
based on numerous statements by Turkey's senior officials," Azerbaijani
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Elkhan Polukhov said. "However,
given that this issue directly affects Azerbaijan's national
interests, opening of Armenia-Turkey border without resolution of
the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict contradicts national
interests of Azerbaijan," Polukhov said, Day.az reported.

"Meanwhile, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry once again states that
determining relations with other states is a sovereign right of every
state," the source reported.

On August 31 Turkey and Armenia agreed on opening of the Armenian
border in 2 month after the Protocol On Development of Bilateral
Relations comes into effect, says the document "Measures of
Fulfillment" of the Protocol on Development of Bilateral Relations
between Armenia and Turkey. The document says that the parties have
agreed also to conduct regular political consultations of foreign
political departments of the two states. In addition, Armenia and
Turkey have pledged to launch a dialogue to settle historical disputes
and restore mutual confidence. The parties have agreed to set up an
impartial group to study the archived documents to define the existing
problems and develop recommendations, the document says.