During the government session Azerbaijan president Illham Aliev, a pseudo-supporter of peace process in the South Caucasus and Armenian Highland, claims Azerbaijan is going to keep on attacking Armenia in all aspects, which is under blockade by Azerbaijan and Turkey since the mid-90-s, Panorama says. The pseudo supporter of democracy, who has occupied the president position after his father, former president of Azerbaijan Heidar Aliev’s death, in spite of uncountable accuses in falsifying the election results, Aliev today keeps on performing the anti-Armenian policy aimed at complete isolation of the latter. The task seems much easier in the recent years due to the oil and gas pipelines which bring immense income both to the budget of Azerbaijan and to Aliev’s personal account.
Today having a serious source of income, as well as being a stable partner for the West in the process of transportation Azerbaijani oil to Europe bypassing Russia, Aliev can afford any machinations during the elections (which he is accused in by independent organizations), any human right and freedom of speech abuses in his country (which the international society seems to refuse to see), now he starts another stage of anti-Armenian action, which he try to tie to the Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Republic independence process, but actually aims at uniting with the elder brother Turkey, which the only troubling factor is Christian Armenia, the last part of which today tries to keep its independence in spite of double-side blockade. And the longer international society refuse to realize the anti-logical and anti-human processes initiated by Turkish states, the farther they will go.
Turkey stops some of the terms of blockade against Armenia functioning since 1992: now Armenia can use the airspace of Turkey as any other country of the world, not needing permission for passing through the area of modern Turkey. This step made by Turkey became possible after warming in the relations of the two countries after the recent invitation of Serzh Sargsyan to his Turkish counterpart to visit Armenia for watching Armenia-Turkey football match. Numerous international organizations state their position concerning the absence of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia condemning Turkish blockade of Armenia and demanding Turkey make steps towards the normalization of their relations with Eastern neighbour.
Recently the UN General Secretary Pan Gi Mun highly appreciated “the football diplomacy” of Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, which became a huge positive step for starting the normalization process of the relations between the two countries.
Panarmenian reports Turkish Hurriet information, which basing on diplomatic sources claim the Turkish-Armenian border may be opened soon, which was closed since 1993. The two neighbouring countries have dispute over recognition of Armenian Genocide, which Turkey denies to accept, as well as on Artsakh conflict, where Turkey support its partner Azerbaijan and refuses the independence of Artsakh Karabakh Independent Republic. The warming in relations of Armenia and Turkey started after Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan invited his Turkish counterpart to Armenia for watching the football game between the two countries, which was accepted by Abdullah Gul and the visit took place on September 6.
Turkish Hurriet reports, Turkey president Abdullah Gul accepts his Armenian counterpart’s invitation to visit Armenia for watching together football match between the two countries on September 6th. The warming in relations of Armenia and Turkey signifies start of new age in the relations of two neighbouring countries.
In 1993 Turkey aiming at joining the Armenian region of Artsakh (Karabakh) to Azerbaijan while Artsakh according to results of referendum announced its joining Armenia, blocked the border. Since then diplomatic relations were broken and the border closed. The recent events have been this first warming in relations since the last 17 years.
While the Armenian and Turkish press analyze the possible visit of Turkish President Abdulah Gul to Armenia, Turkish president guards are preparing for possible visit to Armenia, Today’s Zaman reports. A 15-member counterattack team is going to accompany the president during his visit to Armenia. At the same time officials at the Foreign Ministry of Turkey did not confirm the future visit to Armenia.
Meanwhile Hurriet publishes Armenian president Serze Sargsyan’s interview to the Radical:
Establishing diplomatic relations is the best solution. As a result of this, a lot of sub-committees and groups can be formed under the umbrella of a commission created within both governments…
The warming in the relations of Armenia and Turkey looks like changes the situation over the neighbouring relations of the two countries.
Turkey has blocked the border with Armenia in 1993, aiming at to stop the process of going Artsakh (Karabakh) independent during the war in the region. In 1991 Artsakh organized referendum and the people of the country made a decision to go independent according to the acting constitution of Soviet Union of that time, but Azerbaijan initiated military actions to bring it inside by means of force.
In addition to the previous analysis of possible warming in Armenia-Turkey relations, 517DESIGN publishes [RU] the news concerning signing of partnership aggreement between the Armenian Public Television and Turkish TRT channel. The agreement provides exchanging experience between the two companies, TV programs about Armenia and Turkey, etc. The Secretary General of TRT Ali Kemoglu-Oglu claimed the first radio translation in Turkey was organized by in 1907 by Armenians from Constantinople and Turkish people appreciates that fact.
Besides it is worth to mention the fact of starting repairs on Gyumri (Armenia) – Kars (Turkey) railway by South Caucasian railways, which makes believe a real warming in the relations of two countries takes place.
Economist analyzes the recent events in Armenian Highland and South Caucasus, claiming Turkey has got a chance for reconciliation with Armenia and getting new opportunities in the region. The recent war in Georgia showed the vulnerability of Armenia blockaded by Turkey and Azerbaijan, while opening the borders may open new perspective for all the parts of the region:
“All of this should point in one direction,” says a Western diplomat in Yerevan: “peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan.” Reconciliation with Armenia would give Azerbaijan an alternative export route for its oil and Armenia the promise of a new lifeline via Turkey.
And again about the invitation of Armenian President Serze Sargsyan to Turkish counterpart to visit Armenia to watch together the football match between the two countries.
The biggest obstacle remains Azerbaijan and its allies in the Turkish army. Mr Erdogan was expected to try to square Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliev, in a visit to Baku this week. Should he fail, Mr Gul may not attend the football match—and a chance for reconciliation may be lost.