BAKU—In reaffirming Turkey’s pre-condition of a resolution to the Karabakh conflict on the Armenia-Turkey normalization process, Turkey’s deputy prime minister on Tuesday said “Nagorno-Karabakh is a Muslim, Azerbaijani and Turkic land occupied by Armenia,” reported the Trend News agency.
The Turkish official, Bekir Bozdag, told journalists during a visit to Baku. “The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is our common problem.”
“Until Armenia pulls out of Nagorno-Karabakh, until the rights of Azerbaijanis of that region are restored Turkish-Armenian relations will not be normalized,” asserted Bozdag.
Despite signing the doomed protocols, which call for normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia without any preconditions, Turkey has continuously maintained that the Karabakh conflict resolution should be a precondition to Turkey’s final ratification of the documents.
Armenia, as well as the US, which masterminded the dangerous protocols, have both said that Turkey was acting against the actual protocols. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the ball was in Turkey’s court.
Howver, Bozdag’s statements on Tuesday even contradict the talking points of the OSCE Minsk Group-led peace process, which calls for an eventual referendum to determine the status of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.