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Armenia and Turkey start relations on protocols2009-10-12 10:38
On Saturday two protocols were signed in Zurich University to start normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey - Interfax.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The ceremony was adjourned for several hours because of the contradictions over the text of the Turkish side's statement, in which, according to some data, the topic of Nagorno-Karabakh was mentioned.
In result, protocols on development of bilateral relations between Republic of Armenia and the Turkish Republic , and on establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Turkish Republic.
The documents were signed by the Foreign Ministers of the countries, Eduard Nalbandyan and Ahmet Davitoglu.
Yerevan and Ankara agreed to establish diplomatic relations at the day the protocols become valid, and exchange diplomatic representative offices.
The sides also agreed to open the common border within 2 months after the protocol becomes valid, and start regular political consultations of Foreign Ministries, also to organize dialog in historical perspective for specification of existing problems and formulating proposes.
The parliaments of both countries must ratify the inked protocols.
Mamuka Areshidze, the Georgian expert, believes the thawing of Turkish-Armenian relations an "American project, implying the substitution of Georgia with Armenia". In his view, after the august war Georgia became recognized as volatile country, the USA made conclusions and intends to change the attitude to the region in general.