ANKARA — Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu said his government is ready to open its border with Armenia in return for Yerevan ceding from at least one “occupied region” of Azerbaijan, surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh.

“If Armenians withdrew from at least one district, the border could be opened,” Davutoglu said at a meeting with representatives of national minorities in Ankara.

According to Ahmet Davutoglu, Armenians living in Turkey are part of the country and should not suffer because of the relations between Ankara and Yerevan.

“Turkey aims to solve the problems with Armenians,” Davutoglu added, noting that Ankara doesn’t regard Armenian Diaspora as an enemy. “We share the pain that Armenians suffered,” he said.

Turkey and Armenia have no diplomatic relations. Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 in a show of support for its ally, Azerbaijan.

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