Optimism is growing that complex three-way talks may resolve long-running disputes between Turkey, Armenia and Azerbeijan. Ankara and Yerevan are edging towards a rapprochement over the alleged genocide of Armenians by Turks in 1915. That may help Armenia and Azerbaijan end the row over Nagorno-Karabakh.
“I am satisfied,” said Turkish President Abdullah Gul. “Turkey and Armenia want to resolve our problems. And, talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan could sove their territorial problem.” Azerbaijan may not welcome improved relations between Turkey and Armenia, as Baku has enjoyed Ankara’s support over Nagorno-Karabah. The enclave is predominantly-Armenian but surrounded by Azerbaijan. The Azeri minority was forced out in the early 1990s, and Baku has long called for Armenian forces to leave. More than 30,000 people died in three years of fighting before a ceasefire was signed in 1994. One vital issue is the so-called Lachin Corridor which links the enclave to Armenia. However, Azerbaijan recently acknowledged Armenia’s ties to Nagorno-Karabakh, and said it believed a solution can be found.