Turkish FM says no interruption in talks with Armenia

Turkish FM Davutoglu said there was no interruption in normalization process with Armenia.

Turkish FM says no interruption in talks with Armenia

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday there was no interruption in normalization process with Armenia.

"Normalization process continues since April 22 joint statement and there are ongoing direct or indirect contacts. There is no interruption in course of the talks. We are doing our best for solution of problems," Davutoglu,currently on a formal visit to the United States, told reporters that.

Davutoglu said Turkish-Armenian relations had an important role in Turkish-U.S. relations due to the developments in U.S. Congress, "Turkey's policy is very open. U.S. executives appreciate this policy. Turkey favors tranquility, peace and welfare to prevail in South Caucasia. Turkey is eager to normalize relations with Armenia within the scope of good relations with our neighbors. However, a similar normalization is necessary in conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan for a lasting and comprehensive normalization."

Davutoglu said foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan would meet on Thursday and later come together in Italy in June during G-8 meetings. "Turkey is in close consultation with the United States, Russia, France as well as members of the UN Security Council and co-chairman of Minsk group to establish a basis for a permanent normalization process."

Responding to a question on probability of opening of Turkish-Armenian border within a year, Davutoglu said this depended on the developments. "It may be misleading to set a time or give details when the process is underway," he added.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Haziran 2009, 12:32
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