Turkish foreign minister confirms talks with Armenian officials


Turkish foreign minister confirms talks with Armenian officials
18.07.2008 16:21 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan confirmed
Friday that Turkey and Armenia held a series of secret meetings in
the capital of Switzerland on July 8. A high-level official from
the Foreign Ministry headed the Turkish delegation during the talks
which led to a positive atmosphere between the two countries, Hurriyet
daily reports.

This meeting came after Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s proposal
for "a fresh start" with the goal of normalizing relations with Turkey
and opening the border.

Sargsyan also invited Turkish President Abdullah Gul to watch a
football match between the two country’s national teams on Sept 6 to
mark "a new symbolic start in the two countries’ relations".

Turkish officials said the invitation has been evaluated and did not
rule out accepting it since it would not be an official visit.

Ertugrul Ozkok, editor-in-chief of Hurriyet daily, wrote in his column
that a high-level official from the foreign ministry confirmed the
report, but asked not to publish the story. "He told me that if the
story is published, then it would be formally denied," Ozkok wrote
in his column.

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