Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said Tuesday that it was time for progress in the Turkey-Armenia rapprochement and establishment of a region of stability for future generations, in a plea to his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul.
As his plane made way through the Turkish air space en route England, Sargsyan told Russian Itar-Tass that foreign mediation in efforts to normalise relations between the two countries was useful, noting however that it should not be overplayed.
"The leaders of the two countries are playing a very significant role in promoting the atmosphere of mutual understanding among peoples of Turkey and Armenia, and overcoming the cliches in the relations of the two countries," said Sargsyan.
Sargsyan said the faith and principled stance of himself and his colleague Gul would lead to success in the rapprochement process.
"Otherwise, hostile rhetoric and actions along with opposition to the process may emerge. We need to realise that passing of time will not make the process easier but on the contrary will make it more difficult. As of now, we have carried the bilateral talks to a level where normalised relations between the two countries, and a normalised common future looks more vivid," said Sargsyan.
Turkey and Armenia which have no diplomatic ties or economic relations since Turkey closed its border with Armenia since this country invaded the Upper-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan in 1992, signed two protocols in October 2009, for normalisation of relations, after months-long Swiss-mediated talks.
Under the protocol, Turkey and Armenia reconfirmed their commitment, in their bilateral and international relations, to respect and ensure respect for the principles of "equality, sovereignty, non-intervention in internal affairs of other states, territorial integrity and inviolability of frontiers".
The protocol on development of bilateral relations aims to facilitate the development of relations between Turkey and Armenia in all fields and the opening of the Turkish-Armenian border two months after the protocol goes into effect.
Both Turkey and Armenian governments initiated the internal ratification process.
Turkish government sent the protocols to the parliament. The protocol needs to be approved by the parliament in order for it to take effect. The Turkish government says it will not open the border unless Armenia ends its occupation of Upper-Karabakh.
Recently the Armenian Constitutional Court approved the protocols, however the tone of the court's reasoned verdict drew criticism from Turkey and Turkish officials who voiced their uneasiness in various platforms.
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