Armenia halts ratifying agreement with Turkey on improving ties: report

17:08, April 22, 2010      

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The Armenian ruling coalition of three parties in the parliament announced Thursday in a statement that they would freeze the ratification of an agreement with Turkey on improving relations, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.

The majority of the parliament members are opposed to ratifying the landmark accord, said the report.

Turkey and Armenia have been bogged down in a row over the 1915 incident, which Armenia says was a genocide. Turkey denies that charge and insists the Armenians were victims of widespread chaos and governmental breakdown as the 600-year-old Ottoman Empire collapsed before modern Turkey was born in 1923.

The two countries signed last October historic deals on normalizing ties and reopening their borders after nearly a century of hostilities. The agreements need to be ratified by both countries' parliaments before taking effect.

Turkey and Armenia have no diplomatic or economic ties since Armenia declared its independence in 1991. Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 to support Azerbaijan, which had a territorial conflict with Armenia over the Upper Karabakh region.

Source: Xinhua


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