Time To Move Forward: Armenia’s Call To Turkey


09.02.2010 11:10

President Serzh Sargsyan issued an address to Turkey’s President
Abdullah Gul. The message reads:

"Your Excellency,

I’m extending my greetings to You and the people of neighborly Turkey.

Our initiative of normalizing the Armenia-Turkey relations is in the
spotlight of attention of the international community. This is truly
a historic one, and the whole world realizes it. The efforts of the
countries involved in the region are invaluable in the process of
improvement of bilateral relations. I’m confident that it would be
impossible to register progress without their mediation. At the same
time I do believe that no matter how much the friendly states are
interested in the positive outcome of the process, they cannot do
what our peoples are able to do.

Mr. President,

I think you’ll agree that the authorities are to play a key role
in breaking the stereotypes between our peoples and establishing an
atmosphere of mutual trust. Only with trust in our work, resoluteness
and adherence to our principles can we achieve results. Otherwise,
when the words and deeds contradict each other, it brings about
mistrust, thus opening a broad filed of action for those who oppose
the process. We have to realize that in this case time does not
contribute to the process.

If up to this moment we have managed to bring the bilateral contacts
to a level, from where the future of normal relations between our
countries becomes more visible and tangible, today it’s high time
to demonstrate willingness to make a step forwards in order to leave
and stable and secure region to the coming generations.

Accept, please, Your Excellency, the assurance of my respect."

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