U.S. Ambassador Says Hopes Protocols To Be Ratified


Feb 12 2010

"Armenian-Turkish border’s opening is beneficial both for Armenia and
Turkey. By the border’s opening, sales areas for Armenia-made goods
will increase, competition will be stimulated, and the country will
become closer to Europe," said U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, Marie L.

Jovanovich at today’s panel discussion on "Armenia-Turkey relations
and cross-border regionalism."

"Since the moment when Armenian President Sargsyan had invited Abdullah
Gul to visit Armenia, and the ‘football diplomacy’ had launched,
there were taken many serious steps. There were signed Armenia-Turkey
protocols last year, this week Presidents of the two countries has
sent each other messages, so we really hope the protocols will be
ratified by two countries’ parliaments," she said.

It’s worth mentioning that the panel discussion "Armenia-Turkey
relations and cross-border regionalism" is being held in Yerevan with
participation of Armenia’s Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian, U.S.

Ambassador to Armenia Marie L. Jovanovich, and TEPAV’s pesident,
Professor Guven Sak, who, in his part, presented Turkey’s experience in
liberalization of economy and role of the private sector in developing
relations with neighbors.

The consultations are organized by the American Chamber of Commerce
in Armenia (AmCham) and the Economic Policy Research Foundation of
Turkey (TEPAV), with the support of the U.S. Embassy Yerevan.

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