Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said about the signing of Turkey-Armenia protocols, "it was a significant step. We are pleased with that."

Prime Minister Erdogan said at a news conference after a meeting of the central executive board of his ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party, "as you know, I sent a letter to former Armenian President Robert Kocharian in 2005 and proposed to resolve problems between our countries. But we could not even receive a response. Now, an exemplary development occurred about our efforts to find peaceful solutions in our region."

"Our political will is to resolve our problems with Armenia through dialogue. Then, great opportunities of cooperation will emerge in all fields for Turkish and Armenian peoples. Now, we hope that Azerbaijan and Armenia will resolve the Upper Karabakh dispute. If it happens, our people will quickly adopt the normalization of Turkey-Armenia relations," he said.

"Turkish and Armenian people have lived side by side for centuries. Why should we be infatuated with the bitter periods of the history? We expect Armenia to fulfil rules of the international law. We want to turn southern Caucasus a region of permanent peace, friendship, stability and prosperity," he said.

"But I want to reiterate once again Turkey cannot assume a positive attitude unless Armenia withdraws from Azerbaijani territories," Prime Minister Erdogan added.

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