Armenian top court approves deal with Turkey

The accords, which need parliamentary approval in both countries, were signed by the two governments in October 2009.

Armenian top court approves deal with Turkey

Armenia's Constitutional Court on Tuesday rejected opposition complaints over the legality of a a government push to end a century of hostility with neighbouring Turkey.

The ruling means accords calling for the establishment of diplomatic relations and the opening of the Turkish-Armenian border can move to parliament, although there is little sign they will be adopted soon.

The accords, which need parliamentary approval in both countries, were signed by the two governments in October 2009.

Reading the ruling, court president Gagik Harutiunyan said the protocols "conform with the constitution of Armenia".

"The decision is final and cannot be challenged," he said, to shouts of "Shame!" from opposition supporters in the court. Several hundred more protested outside.

Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 after Azerbaijani land had been occupied.



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