Turkish FM says sees positive signs of breakthrough in Nagorno-Karabakh

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said he sees positive signs of a breakthrough in a dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia, welcoming Azerbaijan’s “determined and optimistic” position on the conflict.

Davutoglu said in Rome, where he was to participate in the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification, that he had a chance to greet Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan on a bus in which both were returning from the ceremony but said he had spent more time with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, with whom he had an opportunity to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in some detail.

The foreign minister pinned his hope on the leaders’ meeting in Kazan next month as part of the two presidents’ ongoing peace talks to find an enduring solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which has remained in limbo for over 20 years and is a major threat to regional peace in the South Caucasus. Davutoğlu said he had a chance to discuss peace talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia and the latest developments surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh during his meeting with Aliyev.

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