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Karabakh: A deal maker or breaker?
BayBak, Azerbaijan | 1262 days ago | Monday, 7th December , 2009 , 03:23 [am] | Azerbaijan
|.||Armenia’s withdrawal from Karabakh and the new US strategy for the war in Afghanistan are topics that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan and US President Barack Obama might discuss during their meeting Monday, experts say. ErdoÄŸan’s visit comes just days after Obama said he would boost US troops in Afghanistan and requested that his allies do the same|
Armenia’s withdrawal from Karabakh and the new US strategy for the war in Afghanistan are topics that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan and US President Barack Obama might discuss during their meeting Monday, experts say. ErdoÄŸan’s visit comes just days after Obama said he would boost US troops in Afghanistan and requested that his allies do the same.
Turkeyâ€™s determination not to send combat troops to Afghanistan and its demand that Armenia pull out of a disputed Azerbaijani enclave will likely dominate a key meeting between Turkish and U.S. leaders, according to international-relations experts.
(See “Experts focus on Karabakh as top issue in Obama-ErdoÄŸan talks” for what the experts have to say.)
Experts responded to four questions on the critical issues: the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Iranâ€™s nuclear impasse with the West and the recent thaw in Turkish-Armenian relations. They shared their views with the HÃ¼rriyet Daily News & Economic Review about what U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan might discuss during their meeting in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
The meeting comes a few days after Obamaâ€™s decision to bolster the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan by 30,000 troops. As he departed for the United States, ErdoÄŸan said Turkey would not send combat troops to Afghanistan.
Experts from both Turkey and the U.S. have echoed the same thoughts over Turkeyâ€™s decision on Afghanistan and said ErdoÄŸan would stick to his governmentâ€™s policy about staying on as peacekeeping forces in the war-torn country.
Experts also said the Turkish prime minister would ask Obama to push Armenia for a withdrawal from the disputed Azerbaijani enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
On Iranâ€™s controversial nuclear drive, Semih Ä°diz, a columnist for daily Milliyet, said ErdoÄŸanâ€™s hand is weak on Iran, while Sabri SayarÄ±, an international-relations professor from SabancÄ± University, described the issue as the most sensitive one.
The withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq will also likely be on the table during the meeting, SayarÄ± said.
Ä°lter Turan, an international-relations expert from Bilgi University, said ErdoÄŸan would seek the United Statesâ€™ cooperation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workersâ€™ Party, or PKK., Voice of a Nation