Azerbaijani politicians and political analysts say Erdogan’s statements in Baku put an end to the doubts – POLL

Azerbaijani politicians and political analysts say Erdogan’s statements in Baku put an end to the doubts – <font color=red>POLL </font>
# 14 May 2009 15:20 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Elnur Mammadli – APA. “We are satisfied with the results of the visit of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Baku and consider that there should be atmosphere of dialogue between the countries, compromise should be found, joints steps taken in the international arena,” chairman of Azerbaijan Popular Front Party Ali Karimli told APA. He considers that if there are disputable issues in future, heads of states and governments should immediately start dialogue.
“There have recently been unpleasant moments between Azerbaijan and Turkey. Mutual accusation campaign was observed both in Azerbaijani and Turkish media. So there was a need for such a visit and Erdogan’s visit could stop this campaign. The importance of the visit was in Erdogan’s messages in Baku. Turkish Prime Minister made statements that would relieve tension of the government, opposition and public circles. He stated openly that the borders with Armenia will not open, until the occupation of Karabakh ends,” he said.

Deputy executive secretary of New Azerbaijan Party (YAP) Mubariz Gurbanli considers that Erdogan’s visit has completely eliminated the difficulties between the countries.
“Even though there was an intention to open the borders between Armenia and Turkey, this visit crossed out that intention. That’s why there was a need for this visit. The issues should have been discussed on the level of the heads of states, and it happened during the visit. Nuances that might damage our relations with Turkey have been eliminated,” he said.

Chairman of Azerbaijan Democratic Party Sardar Jalaloglu told APA that there had recently been dangerous tendency between Azerbaijan and Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister’s visit eliminated that tendency.
“On the other hand, it was a message to the world.

Some forces were satisfied with the cooling of Azerbaijan-Turkish relations, but this visit was a message to those forces that it is not easy to break the Azerbaijan-Turkey relations. Some issues became clear. It was realized that if two strategic partners don’t inform each other about their actions in foreign policy it can lead to the harmful results. They have not to take such actions and have to coordinate their positions of foreign policy. I consider it positive to follow the chosen strategic course”.

Chairman of Musavat Party’s Mejlis Sulheddin Akber also told APA that Erdogan’s visit was significant. He said there was need in such visit from the view of bilateral relations and regional situation, as well as lifting of serious concerns among the Azerbaijani society over the Turkey-Armenia talks. “I think that Turkey partly achieved its goal in this visit and lifted the Azerbaijan’s concerns over the negotiations held with Armenia”. Akber said however there was need in the discussions of some points.

Political analyst Zardusht Alizadeh considers that there was need insuch visit because of Azerbaijan’s concern over the opening of borders. “This visit showed that Turkey makes possible actions toward the settlement of Nagorny Karabakh conflict. Erdogan’s visit proved that Turkey didn’t step back from its position on the Nagorny Karabakh issue”.

MP Aydin Mirzazadeh said Azerbaijan and Turkey were friendly and brotherly countries, they shared the grief and happiness of each other.
“I highly appreciate the visit of Turkish Prime Ministers. The relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan were reviewed, political and economic issues were discussed. A number of questions of Azerbaijani society about the improvement of Turkey-Armenia relations found answers. Erdogan’s meeting with Azerbaijani President, his statements at the press conference, speech in the parliament showed that Turkey would never sacrifice Azerbaijan’s interests to any short-term interests. His open sincere speech satisfied all parliamentarians and Azerbaijani society. This visit showed once more that it is impossible to stir up enmity between the two peoples, two states, these two countries will continue to solve their problems together,” he said.
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