Nalbandian: Racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance grossly violate human dignity and give rise to tensions within and between societies. That is why the fight against them became one of the main priorities of our chairmanship.
"Turkey's policy and official position is that the Turkey-Armenia rapprochement begins from the withdrawal of the troops and liberation of the Azerbaijani occupied territories," Azerbaijani Parliament vice-speaker Bahar Muradova told journalists while commenting on the upcoming visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to Armenia.
"Therefore we regard these contacts as normal and I don't agree with the views on the lack of relations. On the contrary, I consider that there is a need to negotiate, pay mutual visits for solving problems and learn the parties' positions," APA quotes Muradova as saying.
According to her, there are several facts that can have impact on the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict: "Mediators, observers and analysts are regularly noting this. Among them, one of the important issues is Turkey-Azerbaijan, Turkey-Armenia and Azerbaijan-Armenia relations. Those who have chosen Turkey-Armenia rapprochement as a target should always take into consideration that it is possible through Azerbaijan-Turkey and Azerbaijan-Armenia relations. If it is not taken into consideration, any project will face fiasco. In this respect I regard these relations as effective means. Those who have set 2015 for Turkey-Armenia rapprochement should parallel the actions that may have an impact on this factor. Otherwise, Turkey-Armenia rapprochement is unlikely."
Bahar Muradova said Nagorno Karabakh conflict will also be on agenda during Ahmet Davutoglu's visit.