Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara’s position in the Karabakh issue remains unchanged.

“Nagorno-Karabakh is our bleeding wound. It is necessary to heal this wound,” said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the official visit to the United States. He noted that Ankara’s position in the Karabakh issue remains unchanged and both the United States and Russia know this.

As for ratification of protocols to open borders with Armenia in the Turkish Grand National Assembly, it will depend on Armenia’s constructiveness in demonstrating its position on the Karabakh conflict.

“We have a clear solution on this issue. At present, these cases are on the agenda in the parliament. These two issues are closely bound. There will be no progress in this issue unless the Karabakh conflict is resolved. Everyone in the parliament have the same position on this issue”

In addition to the abovementioned, Erdogan added the Turkish political powers have the same opinion about this issue:

“I have repeatedly said that the OSCE Minsk Group should be more determined on this issue. Steps should be taken. UN has stated that Nagorno Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan. In this case, who should make the necessary step? The necessary step should be made by Armenia. When we say that the conflict is settled, this means the moment of reaching an agreement on 7 regions and thereby resolving the problem”. Erdogan said it would provide an opportunity not to overload the checkpoint in Nakhchivan:

"In this case, the chances to get to Turkey will grow. But if all these problems are not resolved, Turkey would not take a positive step towards Armenia.

Erdogan said his country is continuing efforts to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. To do this, Turkey is working with the South Caucasus countries, but at the same time they believe that the United States, France and Russia, who are members of the OSCE Minsk Group, have a decisive position on this issue.