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Turkish Media Presents Supposed Peace Deals on Karabakh

Turkish newspapers have reported that President of Azerbaijan Heidar Aliyev has presented to the Turkish leadership the new plan to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict offered by the OSCE.

The chief editor of the Istanbul-based Armenian newspaper “Marmara,” Rober Hatejian, told RFE/RL that the Turkish newspaper “Cumhuriyet” reported that the Azerbaijani president informed the Turkish leaders about the details of the OSCE new plan.

The Turkish newspaper “Sabah” reported that Aliyev asked Turkish leaders not to reveal details of the new Nagorno-Karabakh plan. Heidar Aliyev arrived in Turkey on Monday for a five-day official visit. He met with the Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer as well as with the powerful Turkish military leaders, who assured him that they would agree to any settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that Azerbaijan is willing to accept.

Addressing the Turkish parliament in Ankara yesterday, Heidar Aliyev asked for help to settle the ongoing conflict with Armenians and to free occupied Azerbaijani land. In a one hour speech before Turkish lawmakers, the Azerbaijani leader said his country expects more political and military support from Turkey, rather than economic assistance.

As reported by the local media, during the meetings with Turkish military and political leadership Aliyev said that the new plan would provide a corridor between Nakhichevan and Azerbaijan. An initial report by the Azerbaijanis claimed that the Armenians were willing to grant a corridor connecting Azerbaijan to Nakhichevan through Meghri, in return for a “common state” model within the framework of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity. These reports later claimed that the Armenians changed their position and refused to give up Meghri. The Azeris are holding the Russians responsible for this change of position, since the Russians would lose control of the border.

The Turkish press reports claim that the new plan also envisages the withdrawal of Armenian forces from occupied Azerbaijani territories and the deployment of an international peace-keeping force to separate the conflicting sides.

It is obvious that not much was decided on at the Paris talks and this is yet another example of nonobjective reporting by the Turkish and Azerbaijani media.

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