MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkey will open the border with Armenia after Yerevan settles the conflict with Baku over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said Saturday.
"We do believe that the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh should end. And if that ends, clearly, Turkey would be more than happy to help Armenia and open door," Simsek said at the 62nd session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Istanbul, as broadcast by the Haberler online newspaper.
Simsek added that Turkey had "special relations" with Azerbaijan but would definitely mend ties with Armenia if Armenian conflict with Azerbaijan was resolved.
Azerbaijan's Armenian-dominated region of Nagorno-Karabakh proclaimed its independence in 1991. After the military conflict ended in 1994, Azerbaijan lost control over the region.
Violence erupted in Nagorno-Karabakh on April 2, 2016 and led to multiple casualties. The parties to the conflict signed a Russian-brokered ceasefire on April 5, but mutual accusations have not stopped so far.