Turkey reaffirms goal to normalize relations with Armenia

13:36, April 09, 2010      

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Thursday reaffirmed Turkey's goal to normalize ties with Armenia despite the stalled reconciliation process.

Turkey and Armenia have had a vision since they signed protocols last October to normalize ties and open borders and this vision never changed, Davutoglu told a joint press conference with visiting Greek Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas here.

"We believe we'll normalize our relations with Armenia thanks to our vision," he told reporters.

He said a senior Turkish diplomat held fruitful talks on the peace move in Armenia this week and would travel to Azerbaijan on Friday to negotiate the issue.

The special envoy arrived in Armenia on Wednesday with a letter from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, in which Erdogan called on Sargsyan to fulfill obligations in the normalization bid, Turkish media reported.

The two presidents are expected to meet on the sidelines of a nuclear summit in Washington due in mid-April.

The peace move between Turkey and Armenia has made slow progress since normalization protocols were signed last October. It suffered a blow after a U.S. congressional panel and the Swedish parliament last month passed resolutions that recognize Armenia's "genocide" claim.

Turkey and Armenia have no diplomatic or economic ties and are bogged down in a long-time row over the killings of Armenians during the World War I, which Armenia brands as a genocide. Turkey strongly denies that and has argued the Armenians were victims of widespread chaos and governmental breakdown as the Ottoman Empire collapsed before modern Turkey was founded in 1923.

Source: Xinhua


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