Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by Marianna Mkrtchyan
"As our Azerbaijani brothers and sisters are still suffering from the Armenian aggression, Turkey won't establish any relations with Armenia," said Turkish Minister for European Union Affairs Egemen Bagis.
"As the national leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev stated, we are indeed "one nation in two states. At present, Azerbaijan is one the most important investors of Turkey," Bagis said.
'APA quotes him as saying that the close energy cooperation between the two countries (Baku-Supsa, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum, TANAP and TAP projects) would play an important role in solution of Europe's energy problems within several decades.
The minister noted that over the last 10 years, Azerbaijan has highly developed: "Today, for its pace of development, Azerbaijan and Baku are able to compete with the world's major countries and cities. But in the last decade, the number of Armenian population dropped to 2 million from 4 million. People are leaving the country due to poverty and economic difficulties and the main reason of exodus is the Armenian government's unwillingness to solve the problems with its neighbours. Unfortunately, 20 percent of the Azerbaijani territories are still under the occupation of Armenia and the country still has about a million refugees and internally displaced persons. Armenia should put an end to its aggressive policy. As our Azerbaijani brothers and sisters are still suffering from the Armenian aggression, we won't establish any relations with Armenia. Yerevan should pass right decisions that meet the interests of its citizens. A right decision is the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, establishment of good relations with Azerbaijan and relevantly with Turkey and Georgia. The Armenians can take advantage of some regional investment projects in favor of them by this way. However, right decisions should be passed to achieve it."