Turkey, Armenia sign historic accords restoring diplomatic relations

Turkey, Armenia sign historic accords restoring diplomatic relations

22:3910/10/2009

MOSCOW, October 10 (RIA Novosti) – Turkey and Armenia signed on
Saturday historic accords restoring diplomatic relations and opening
borders between the two countries.

The documents were signed in Zurich by the Turkish and Armenian foreign
ministers at a ceremony attended by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, French Foreign
Minister Bernard Kouchner, Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar,
and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

The signing was delayed earlier in the day amid speculation that the
parties had failed to agree over the wording of final statements.

Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 in a show of support for
Muslim ally Azerbaijan, following a bloody conflict over Nagorny
Karabakh between the two ex-Soviet republics. Turkey has also demanded
that Yerevan drop its campaign to have the mass killings of Armenians
by Ottoman Turks in 1915 internationally recognized as genocide.

Armenia and Turkey agreed to a "roadmap" to normalize their relations
under Swiss mediation this April. The draft pact between the countries
has been backed by the United States and European Union.

Nagorny Karabakh, a region in Azerbaijan with a largely Armenian
population, has been a source of conflict between the former Soviet
republics since the late 1980s. The province has its own government and
is de facto independent.

During his recent international visit, Armenian President Serzh
Sargsyan met with representatives of Armenian diasporas in different
countries, and many of them expressed their opposition to the signing
of a Turkish-Armenian agreement.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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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