http://a1plus.am/en/politics/2009/09/1/ah med-davudoghlu
12:16 pm, Sep 1, 2009


Turkey will take Azerbaijan's interest into account

"The opening of the Turkish-Armenian border is not foreseen in this
stage," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davudoghlu said during an
interview with the NTV television commenting on the progress registered
in the establishment of relations between both countries.

Let us remind that the two protocols to be signed after the 6-week
political consultations (see www.a1plus.am) will be presented for the
confirmation of both parliaments and the Turkish-Armenian border will
be opened within 2 months after the protocols are signed.

"Turkey is aimed at having friendly ties with its neighboring
countries, as well as establish peace and stability in the region,"
said Davudoghlu.

However, the Turkish Foreign Minister announced: "Ankara will take
Azerbaijan's interests into account in each stage of the normalization
of relations with Armenia."

France has already qualified the improvement of Turkish-Armenian
relations as a "historical event".

The U.S. State Department "warmly welcomed" the steps taken by Armenia
and Turkey toward normalization of relations and called on speeding up
the process. In case of need, the U.S. has expressed the willingness
to support the governments of both countries "in the solution to
the conflict."