US Clinton to attend Turkey, Armenia signing ceremony

Hillary Clinton will fly to Zurich to attend a ceremony where Armenia and Turkey are expected to sign historic accords to normalize relations.

US Clinton to attend Turkey, Armenia signing ceremony

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will fly to Zurich on Saturday to attend a ceremony where Armenia and Turkey are expected to sign historic accords to normalize relations, the State Department said.

Armenia and Turkey are expected to sign agreements to establish diplomatic ties and open their border.

The move would bolster Turkey's standing with the European Union, which it hopes to join, while boosting Armenia's economy and improving security in the South Caucasus, a key transit corridor for oil and gas supplies to the West.

Clinton will attend the ceremony before heading off on a European tour that includes stops in Britain, Ireland and Russia.

"We have long supported this process and she's going to demonstrate and underscore our support," a senior State Department official told reporters, referring to the signing ceremony.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner are also expected to attend, he said.

Reuters
Last Mod: 09 Ekim 2009, 08:59
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