ANKARA (News.az)—Turkey will intensify efforts to raise Azerbaijan’s interests in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as it negotiates with Armenia to normalize relations and open borders, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Thursday, the Azeri news.az online news portal reported.
The Turkish leader said his government would “intensify discussion” on Armenia’s withdrawal from the Armenian territories liberated from Azeri rule during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “There is no doubt Azerbaijan’s occupied lands belong to Azerbaijan,” Gul said in remarks at the inauguration of a new building for the International Strategic Research Center in Ankara.
Gul said he believes this would “help solve many problems in the region,” exacerbated since the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008. The conflict over South Ossetia, the Turkish leader added, demonstrated that “frozen conflicts” in the Caucasus can “escalate into war at any time.”