Armenia To Become Important Transit State If It Normalizes Relations

ARMENIA TO BECOME IMPORTANT TRANSIT STATE IF IT NORMALIZES RELATIONS WITH AZERBAIJAN AND TURKEY

PanARMENIAN.Net
18.02.2009 17:43 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ The U.S. welcomes the Armenian-Turkish dialogue and
hopes for reconciliation between the two countries, the U.S. Embassy
official said.

"The dialogue should be continuous. Everything is in your hands. The
U.S. is ready to assist it by organizing meetings between NGOs," acting
U.S. vice ambassador to Armenia Stephen Banks told a PanARMENIAN.Net
reporter.

"Armenia will become important transit state if it normalizes relations
with Azerbaijan and Turkey," he emphasized.

As to U.S. relations with other South Caucasus countries, Mr. Banks
said that relations are unique. "Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are
very different. Consequently, the level of cooperation is different,
too. Azerbaijan appears as the energy resources supplier. Georgia and
Armenia are also valuable for us," he said, adding that the U.S. is
not going to leave the region.

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