Erdogan sees Turkey-Armenia deal in October
Turkish premier says Turkey and Armenia will sign a landmark deal to establish diplomatic ties on Oct. 10 in Zurich.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey and Armenia will sign a landmark deal to establish diplomatic ties on Oct. 10 in Zurich, Switzerland.
'The foreign ministers will come together on October 10 and sign the drafted document,' Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters, without giving details.
Also, Erdogan said that the deal would be signed by the countries' foreign ministers, but it must be approved by the countries' parliaments before taking effect.
The foreign ministers of the two countries are expected to ink two protocols, the texts of which had been agreed earlier, he said.
The deal also foresees the reopening of the Turkish-Armenian border.
In a previous move, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that diplomacy was being carried out to convince Armenian President Serzh Sargsian to a national match between Turkey and Armenia to be played in Turkey in October.
On August 31, Turkey and Armenia agreed to start their internal political consultations on the establishment of diplomatic ties and development of bilateral relations.
Turkey and Armenia agreed to launch internal political consultations over two protocols, which had been agreed on under Swiss mediation. The consultations were to be completed within six weeks which would be followed by ratification at Turkish and Armenian parliaments.
The Turkish and Armenian soccer teams will meet in an Oct. 14 World Cup qualifier.
Agencies Last Mod: 29 Eylül 2009, 12:40