YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Armenia’swiftly dismissed on Wednesday Turkish media claims alleging that Yerevan and Baku had come to an agreement on a Turkish mediated solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The Turkish Hurriyet Daily reported Early Wednesday that Armenia and Azerbaijan had reached a partial agreement on the conflict, alleging the agreement was a result of Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan’s shuttle diplomacy following bilateral talks with his Armenian counterpart, Eduard Nalbandian, and his Azerbaijani counterpart, Elmar Mammadyarov.
“No negotiations have taken place on the Karabakh issue with Turkey,” said Armenian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tigran Balayan Wednesday in response to an Itar-Tass reporter’s inquiry on the Hurriyet report.
Balayan reaffirmed Armenia’s longstanding position that negotiations for a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict were strictly “taking place with the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs on the basis of the Madrid principles.”
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Burak Ozugergin echoed his Armenian counterpart the same day, telling the Anatolian News Agency that “there is no discussion of Turkey’s inclusion in a Nagorno-Karabakh plan.” Turkey, he said, is “just gathering information from both sides.”
Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry, commenting the next day, also denied the allegations, describing the report as “nonsense.”
"The details of the negotiations on the settlement of Nagorno Karabakh conflict reported by the Turkish Hurriyet newspaper are nonsense,” Foreign Ministry spokesman, Khazar Ibrahim, told the Azeri Press Agency, adding that the reports were not true.
Hurriyet had alleged that, under the agreement, Armenia would hand over five of the six liberated districts surrounding the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic to Azerbaijan in a specific timetable and repatriate Azeris who were forced to leave the regions. It furthermore, claimed that the administration of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic would be given to a provisional body, while the sixth district, Kelbajar, would be given to Azerbaijan after the status of the region was determined.
It also added that the railroad and highway between Azerbaijan and Armenia would be opened under the alleged agreement, while an international peace force would be deployed at the border region between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.