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10 Apr 09 | AFP
Turkish PM sets conditions to Armenia reconciliation.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday ruled out a deal with Armenia to normalize ties unless Yerevan resolved its conflict with Azerbaijan over the Nagorny Karabakh region, the Anatolia news agency reported.
“We will not sign a final deal with Armenia unless there is agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia on Nagorny Karabakh,” Erdogan was quoted as telling reporters.
He was speaking from the southern province of Hatay, where he is holidaying, in response to remarks by Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian earlier Friday.
Sarkisian had expressed the hope that the border with Turkey, closed for more than a decade, would reopen before an October football match between their national teams.
“We can do the preliminary work (for a deal with Armenia), but it definitely depends on the resolution of the conflict over Nagorny Karabakh,” Erdogan said.
Recent reports have suggested that Ankara and Yerevan will soon sign a landmark deal paving the way for formal diplomatic ties and opening their shared border.
The reports have irked Azerbaijan, a close ally of Turkey. >>>