Flights to Yerevan no sign of change in Karabakh policy

  16 March 2013    Read: 346
Flights to Yerevan no sign of change in Karabakh policy
`There has not been any change in Ankara`s policy on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict`- envoy
Turkey`s ambassador to Azerbaijan, Alper Coshkun, has stated that the commencement of direct flights between the Turkish city of Van and the Armenian capital of Yerevan set to happen on April 3 are not indicative of any change in Turkey`s Armenia policy despite the fact that it has been interpreted as a thawing in the perennially tense Turkish-Armenian relationship.

“The Turkish president [Abdullah Gul], parliamentary speaker [Cemil Chichek] and several other state officials have always made their attitudes to Turkey`s ties with Armenia clearly. The flight from Yerevan to Turkey has to do with trade between private companies on both sides and, as such, the issue should be interpreted in this light,” Coshkun said.

The chairman of the Armenian Union of the Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Arsen Ghazaryan, has said in remarks to the Armenian ARKA news agency that the flights are expected to boost regional tourism and bolster economic ties.

The Turkish ambassador in Baku also emphasized that there has not been any change in Ankara`s policy on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, adding, “There is no other country in the world that extends so much support to Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that it keeps its border with Armenia closed.” He urged the media to not mislead the public as Turkey has not made even a small change to its policy in this regard.

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