Babacan: Gul’s Attendance In Armenia Depends On Developments Between


16.07.2008 19:06 GMT+04:00

Turkish President Abdullah Gul’s attendance at a soccer match in
Armenia will depend on developments between the two countries,
Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Wednesday.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has invited Gul to visit Yerevan
for a soccer match in September, marking a shift in relations between
two states which have no diplomatic ties.

"Such a participation would depend on the developments ahead of the
match," Babacan said, without giving further details, Reuters reports.

Armenia and Turkey will play against each other in the Armenian capital
Yerevan on September 6 in a qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World
Cup, scheduled to be held in South Africa.

Turkey broke diplomatic relations with Armenia over the Nagorno
Karabakh conflict and closed its border with the neighbor.

"The normalization of relations with Armenia is one of Turkey’s
serious foreign policy goals," said Babacan.

Turkey was among the first countries that recognized Armenia’s
independence after fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 but denies having
perpetrated Genocide against Armenians in 1915-23.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS