Turks, Azeris, Armenians Will Meet

NEW YORK -- The war between Russia and Georgia shifted the political landscape in the Caucasus and is prompting Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan, three countries with long-standing disputes, to try to settle their differences, Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said.

The foreign ministers from all three countries will meet on Friday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to discuss "frozen conflicts."

"The recent crisis in Georgia urged all the countries in the region to re-evaluate policies and also have a stronger feeling of urgency," Babacan said Monday at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Russia sent troops deep into Georgian territory during a five-day war last month over Georgia's breakaway, pro-Russian province of South Ossetia.

Georgia and Turkey form a key energy transfer link for oil and gas from Azerbaijan.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul, accompanied by Babacan, made a historic first visit to Armenia on Sept. 6 to watch a soccer match between the two nations.