FRANCE WELCOMES ARMENIA’S PROPOSALS TO NORMALIZE RELATIONS WITH TURKEY
17.07.2008 16:25 GMT+04:00
The Armenian-Turkish relations are important for France. French leaders
discuss the issue with their Turkish counterparts, France’s Ambassador
to Armenia Serge Smessov said in an interview with PanARMENIAN.Net.
"We do welcome the proposals of the Armenian side and the messages
Turkey has sent recently. We think that a country which wishes to
join the European Union can’t continuously neglect establishment of
relations and keep the borders closed," he said.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has invited Gul to visit Yerevan for
a soccer match on September 6, 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," Turkish Ali Babacan said when commenting on the invitation.