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Minsk Group fails to make progress in Nagorno-Karabakh: Turkish FM

The OSCE Minsk Group, which is seeking to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, has failed to make any progress toward a solution of the dispute, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said late Sunday.

The Armenian occupation of Azarbaijani territory in Nagorno-Karabakh had been going on for 17 years, Davutoglu told the Anatolian Agency in Damascus, where he is attending the 36th meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers. Read the rest of this entry »

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FM: Minsk Group making no progress

The Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has failed to make progress on the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, said the foreign minister over the weekend.

Ahmet Davutoğlu, who flew to Azerbaijan yesterday for talks on the latest Nagorno-Karabakh developments as well as the Turkish-Armenian rapprochement, after attending the Organization of the Islamic Conference meeting in Syria.

In comments on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s criticism of the Minsk Group, Davutoğlu said: “It is impossible not to agree with Aliyev’s statements on the performance of the Minsk Group. No progress has been made as proved by the past record.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Armenia’s Karabakh propaganda on Eurovision

Armenian politics intervened with Eurovision this weekend. When the live feed shifted to Yerevan, a gigantic statue that is the symbol of Nagorno-Karabakh appeared onscreen.

The 54th Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow on Saturday turned out to be an arena of politics. When the host from Moscow turned the live feed to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, striking pictures were reflected to television screens worldwide.

Sirusho, the Armenian pop star who represented the country last year with the song “Qele Qele,” was onscreen to report the Armenian votes when she lifted the card she was holding to cover her face. There was a photograph of “Menk Yenk Mer Sarerı” (We Are Our Own Mountains), in another name, “Dad u Bab” (Grandmother and Grandfather), the gigantic statue that is the symbol of the Armenian administration of Nagorno-Karabakh, on the card. The same picture was also on barcovision. Read the rest of this entry »

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Armenia slams Turkish PM over Karabakh issue

Armenian leaders on Thursday criticized Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan for making the opening of the border with Armenia conditional on its withdrawal from the occupied Azeri territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Any Turkish attempt to interfere in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can only harm the ongoing negotiations between Baku and Yerevan, Armenian media quoted President Sezrh Sargsyan as saying after meeting Brian Fall, Britain’s special representative for the South Caucasus. Read the rest of this entry »

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Armenia slams Turkish PM over Karabakh link to border opening

Armenian leaders on Thursday criticized Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan for making the opening of the border with Armenia conditional on its withdrawal from the occupied Azeri territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Any Turkish attempt to interfere in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can only harm the ongoing negotiations between Baku and Yerevan, Armenian media quoted President Sezrh Sargsyan as saying after meeting Brian Fall, Britain’s special representative for the South Caucasus.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Even if we want, we can’t walk away from Baku

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is completing the first stage of very important visits today. He will then move on to Russia. Meetings with Azerbaijani leader Aliyev and Russia’s Prime Minister Putin are of vital importance for Turkey and the balance in the Caucasus.

These contacts will influence the following developments:

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New road block on the ’road map’

The road to reconciliation between Ankara and Yerevan takes a detour as Prime Minister Erdoğan stops off in Baku to meet with Azerbaijani President Aliyev. In a joint press conference, Erdoğan once again states that a solution to Nagorno-Karabakh problem, namely the retreat of Armenian troops, is the key to opening the border between Turkey and Armenia

 Squeezed between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Turkey yesterday reaffirmed that “the border with Armenia will remain closed until Armenian occupation of Azeri territories ends,” potentially bringing reconciliatory talks with Yerevan back to the beginning and the road map to a dead end. Read the rest of this entry »

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Azerbaijan, Armenia agree on “basic ideas” of resolving disputed region

The presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia have agreed on the “basic ideas” of resolving a long-standing territorial conflict during a meeting in the Czech capital of Prague, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia met at the residence of the U.S. ambassador in Prague, another in a series of meetings aimed to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Read the rest of this entry »

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