Turkey's Foreign Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU talks Ali Babacan said Friday "Turkey keep in contact with Armenia from time to time."
Reminded about some news reports indicating direct talks between Turkey and Armenia, Babacan said that "Turkey is a country that recognizes Armenia. Within this framework, we keep in contact with Armenia from time to time."
"I had a chance to meet the former Armenian foreign minister as well as their new foreign minister in certain international meetings. From time to time, Turkish diplomats meet their counterparts from Armenia," Babacan said.
"No doubt, this (diplomatic) traffic is important for the relations between Turkey and Armenia. What is important is how to normalize relations," Babacan said.
"There are problems. There are current problems and differences of opinion on the incidents of 1915. We must handle all issues through dialog," Babacan said.
Reminded about news reports that security advisers of NATO member countries convened in Ankara, Babacan said that "it is true the security advisers of NATO member countries meet from time to time. A related meeting took place in Ankara on Thursday. The issues discussed were international issues pertaining to NATO."
Also, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Burak Ozugergin said on Friday that there were contacts between Turkey and Armenia from time to time, Turkey's Anatolian Agency reported.
Commenting on a news report that appeared in media today with the title "secret talks with Armenia", Ozugergin said, "Turkey has recognized Armenia as a state in 1991. The two parties have contacts from time to time within this scope. There is no sense to interpret the talks in question differently."
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