U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT: SARGSYAN MADE A COURAGEOUS STEP BY INVITING GUL TO ARMENIA
21.07.2008 18:49 GMT+04:00
Armenian President made a courageous step by inviting Abdullah Gul to
Armenia, said Matt Bryza, U.S. Deputy Assistance Secretary of State
for European and Eurasian Affairs.
"Certainly, I can’t speak on behalf of Turkish President or government
but the .S. hopes that Abdullah Gul will take this golden opportunity,"
Bryza said, RFE/RL reports.
In a sign of readiness to normalize ties, Armenian President
Serzh Sargsyan proposed "a fresh start" in relations with Turkey
in an article published in The Wall Street Journal earlier this
month. Sargsyan also invited Gul to a World Cup qualifying match
between Armenian and Turkish teams in September. Turkish officials
say the invitation is still under consideration and that the president
will decide according to developments.