Top European human rights watchdog, the Council of Europe, welcomed an agreement between Turkey and Armenia to start internal political consultations to establish diplomatic relations and the development of bilateral relations.
"This important decision for a common better future deserves the support of the international community," said Samuel Zbogar, Council chairman Slovenia's foreign minister.
Zbogar expressed hope that this process would rapidly bring a successful result, "so that Armenia and Turkey overcome the wounds of the past and establish normal relations in their mutual interest, in the spirit of the Statute of the Council of Europe."
Acting Secretary General of the Council of Europe Maud de Boer-Buquicchio also hailed the Turkish-Armenian agreement as "a historic event for both countries and the region."
"I strongly welcome the agreement to sign two protocols between Turkey and Armenia on establishing of diplomatic relations between the two countries. It will help to normalise the relations between two member states of the Council of Europe and I would like to encourage the two countries to continue on the path which will help to improve the stability in this part of Europe," said De Boer-Buquicchio.
Turkey and Armenia agreed on Monday to establish diplomatic relations and exchange diplomatic missions.
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