“If Armenia doesn’t withdraw from the Azerbaijani lands, its normal relations with Turkey are impossible”, said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talking about the protocols signed between Turkey and Armenia, APA reports.
The Prime Minister called the signing of protocols as an important step. “I proposed the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations and solution of this problem in my letter as early as 2005. But I didn’t receive an answer”.
Erdoagn said the solution of problems would open large opportunities for the cooperation in all spheres. “The Turkish government opened this way. Our intention is that the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno Karabakh conflict to be solved. If this problem is solved, our people will support the normalization of relations yet more and it will ease the approval of protocols at the parliament”.
“We will send the protocol to the parliament. But the parliament will certainly review the process of solution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani problem. We have sent some messages and made some steps since 2003. We eased visa regime for the Armenian citizens. I proposed to the Armenian president in 2005 to leave their claims, to establish historical fact-finding commission, to research archive materials and to make decision after the experts’ opinion”.
Erdogan said Turkey couldn’t establish normal relations if Armenia didn’t withdraw its forces from the occupied lands”.