Saturday, May 14, 2005

Armenia says Turkey border may open this year

Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Margarian said his country's closed border with Turkey might be opened by the end of the year.

“The current situation is ripe for the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations,” Margarian said at a press conference in Armenia late Thursday.

He emphasized that every effort should be made by the end of the year to ensure the re-opening of the border and establishment of diplomatic relations between the two neighbors.

The border has been closed for more than a decade. Turkey closed the gate and severed diplomatic ties with Armenia after Armenian troops occupied the Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Ankara now says normalization of ties depends on Armenian withdrawal from Nagorno-Karabakh as well as progress on a series of bilateral issues, including Armenia's support of Armenian diaspora efforts to secure international recognition for an alleged genocide of Armenians at the hands of the late Ottoman Empire.

(Source: Turkish Daily News)

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