ANKARA (Trend.az)–The normalization of the Turkish-Armenian relations is not connected with Ankara’s efforts at gaining entry into the European Union, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said in an interview CNN Turk on Monday.
“Turkish-Armenian, North Cyprus questions have no connection with Turkey’s accession to the EU,” said, adding that Turkey pursues a “transparent policy” in the region.
Gul also said that some forces in Europe intend to exploit Turkey, stating that these problems present obstacle to Ankara’s accession to the EU.
He said that for Turkey, peace and stability in the Caucasus is “very important” and that Ankara will solve regional problems whether or not it is accepted into the EU.
“The Caucasus should not be a wall dividing East and West, the protracted conflicts should be resolved in the region,” Gul said, referring to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.