Erdogan: When the OSCE Minsk Group finds the solution of Nagorno Karabakh problem, we will find the solution of the border problem with Armenia

Erdogan: When the OSCE Minsk Group finds the solution of Nagorno Karabakh problem, we will find the solution of the border problem with Armenia
# 13 April 2011 14:15 (UTC +04:00)
Strasbourg. Fuad Gulubeyli – APA. “The opening of Turkey-Armenia border is another issue. As regards the protection of the Armenians’ rights in Turkey, this is one of our major obligations and we are committed to this obligation,” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the plenary session of PACE answering the question of the member of the Armenian delegation Armen Rustamyan, APA reports.

Prime Minister said Turkey at the same time protects Azerbaijan’s interests.
“We also protect the interests of our friend and brother Azerbaijan and can not admit the violation of their rights by Armenians. Frankly speaking, we must solve these problems. We are ready to open the borders. We have always called on OSCE Minsk Group to be more active regarding Nagorno Karabakh conflict. The US, France and Russia must increase their efforts for the solution of this conflict. When they find the solution of this problem, we will find the solution of the border problem. If they fail to fulfill their commitments, everything will be difficult,” he said.

Erdogan said 70,000 Turkish citizens of Armenian origin are living in Turkey.
“There are also 40,000 Armenians, who are not citizens of Turkey. We do not deport them again. We know that they left their country because of need. We signed protocols in Zurich. We took this step to solve our problem. But now I see that the Armenian side is taking steps back as a result of the pressures of the Armenian Diaspora abroad. Armenia has become the hostage of the Armenian Diaspora abroad and finds it difficult to act independently. If the Armenian government had taken more resolute and continuous steps in the right direction, we could have moved forward and opened the borders. We do not have hatred for Armenia or Armenians,” he said.
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