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
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu rejected the claims that his "zero problems with neighbors" foreign policy principle has fallen apart, claiming that the policy has been "successful" so far, Today's Zaman says. Davutoglu told Swiss Neue Zurcher daily that the zero problems policy is "our principled program."
Davutoglu touched on the relations with the neighbors and expressed his discontent with the fact that the Syrian conflict complicates Turkey's relations with Iran and Russia.
As regards the relations with Armenia, Davutoglu said that the relations are now better than in 2002 when he became a minister. In the meantime, he blamed Armenia for sabotaging the negotiation process launched between Ankara and Yerevan in 2009.
To recall, the Armenian and Turkish Foreign Ministers signed the Armenian-Turkish Protocols in Zurich on October 10, 2009. The protocols were to be ratified by the two countries' parliaments. However, on 7 Dec 2009 Turkey laid down a number of preconditions, connecting the Armenian-Turkish normalization process with the Karabakh peace process. On 22 April 2010, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan suspended the ratification process.