OPENING OF ARMENIA-TURKEY BORDER IS A NEGATIVE PHENOMENON: POLITICAL EXPERT

Today.Az
http://www.today.az/news/politics /55177.html
Sept 1 2009
Azerbaijan

"I believe the opening of border between Turkey and Armenia is a very
negative phenomenon both for Turkey and Azerbaijan," Azerbaijani
political expert Vafa Guluzade said commenting on Turkish Foreign
Ministry's statement that Turkey and Armenia will start talks to
resume diplomatic ties.

"I believe that it will certainly cause strong anti-Turkish sentiments
in Azerbaijan. Because Azerbaijani people will found it difficult to
understand this. Our people have not been explained so far why Turkey
kneels in front of Armenia on backdrop of occupation of Azerbaijani
territories and Armenia's not recognizing Azerbaijan's territorial
integrity," Guluzade said.

"I believe Turkey makes this move because of pressure by Barack
Obama on one hand and by Armenian diaspora on the other. Besides,
Turkey seeks EU admission and believes that it is so great power that
opening of borders with Armenia will not bring any negative factors
against it," he added.

"By taking this step Turkey only strengthens its enemies. I have no
idea if the borders between countries will reopen, who we will face
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish President
Abdullah Gul who promised not to open borders with Armenia until
Azerbaijani lands are freed," the political expert said.