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First critical move made by Ankara

Prime Minister Erdoğan will be heading for Baku for the first time since the protocol between Turkey and Armenia was put on hold. Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Chairman Çavuşoğlu will also be in Yerevan to deliver the message; “dialogue for peace and stability in the Caucasus.”

As Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan prepares for his May 17th trip to Baku, it appears the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has also joined in on the diplomatic traffic in the Caucasus.

Kicking off the trip, which will also include Armenia, Georgia and Russia, PACE Chairman and Antalya Deputy Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will be attempting to further strengthen relations of the nations’ parliaments with PACE. Kicking off his tour of the Caucasus, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will begin in Armenia, where he rejected a schedule which included his placing of a wreath on the ‘Genocide’ Memorial. Instead, Yerevan arranged another program for Çavuşoğlu's day, which did not include the memorial. Çavuşoğlu will be meeting with a number of high level officials, including Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.

Çavuşoğlu is also expected to meet with Armenian Speaker of the Assembly Hovik Abrahamyan as well as other parliamentary party representatives and a number of civil society organization representatives including Armen Harutyunyan.

Çavuşoğlu is anticipated to deliver the following message to Sargsyan and the other authorities he is scheduled to meet; “Communication with Turkey is extremely important for peace and stability in the Caucasus.”

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