Turkey and Armenia have agreed to start their internal political consultations on the establishment of diplomatic ties and development of bilateral relations, said Monday a joint statement issued by Turkey, Armenia, and Switzerland.
The statement said internal political consultations over two protocols, which had been agreed on under Swiss mediation, would be completed within six weeks which would be followed by ratification at Turkish and Armenian parliaments.
"Both sides will make their best efforts for the timely progression of the ratification in line with their constitutional and legal procedures," the statement said.
The statement also said Turkey and Armenia "are committed to pursuing their joint efforts with the assistance of Switzerland."
However, Reuters news agency said, according to copies of the protocols, the border -- closed by Turkey in 1993 -- will reopen within two months of the protocol on the development of relations entering into force.
Turkey and Armenia announced a roadmap to normalise ties in April. But Turkey has since said it will not open the frontier until Armenia withdraws from occupied Nagorno-Karabakh.
Azeri land has been under Armenian occupation in early 1990s in which nearly 30,000 people died and 2 million were forced to flee their homes.
Shootings between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the region remain common despite a 1994 cease fire.
Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the area ended in 1994 when a ceasefire was signed. The two sides are still technically at war because no peace treaty has been signed.
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