Ahmad Davudoglu: “Turkish Foreign Ministry will not sit for talks without mentioning Karabakh”

Ahmad Davudoglu: “Turkish Foreign Ministry will not sit for talks without mentioning Karabakh”
# 06 May 2010 11:24 (UTC +04:00)
If you analyze the processes, you will see that our relations with Armenia are better in comparison with the last year’s situation. Relations with Azerbaijan are better”, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmad Davudoglu told journalist of Milliyat newspaper Taha Akyola on a plane while leaving for Ukraine on May 5, APA reports. Akyola came to conclusion that silent diplomacy would be pursued in accordance with oral agreement between the sides within some months and there wouldn’t be any statements alarming the public.

“Did you sit for talks without mentioning Karabakh problem”, Akyol asked Davudoglu. In his answer to the above-mentioned question, the Minister gave an example of his dialogue with Deputy Chairman of Jumhutiyyat Khalg Party, former ambassador Onur Oymen. He asked Oymen: “You have worked at the Turkish Foreign Ministry for years. Dou you believe that our ministry sat for talks without mentioning Karabakh and 1915 events?”. Oymen answered “No”. To Akyol, Armenian occupation and historical issues were discussed at secret negotiations with Armenia held in Switzerland: “And why these haven’t been reflected in the protocols? Davudoglu reminded the constructive ambiguity method in diplomacy regarding this issue. Indeed, there are common principles connected with Karabakh problem and historical debates in the protocols.

Azerbaijan had worried about Turkey’s betrayal of Karabakh for pasting April 24 danger. But Armenia waited that Turkey would perturb and ratify the protocols after freezing the protocols – and not to take any step in the direction of Karabakh problem. Armenia waited spoil of US-Turkey relations. But none of these has been realized. “We have managed the April 24 process well”, said Davudoglu. “Silent diplomacy” is being continued through more real ground.

Davudoglu said that there would be positive development in the issue of protocols within some months and at the same time energy agreement would be signed with Azerbaijan in the coming days: “The Prime Minister will sign the agreement in Baku. There is confidence between us in each issue”.
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