Turkey says 'recognizing borders' key in protocol with Armenia

Earlier, Turkey said it would not open the frontier until Armenia withdraws from occupied Nagorno-Karabakh.

Turkey says 'recognizing borders' key in protocol with Armenia
Turkish foreign minister said on Tuesday that there was currently a six-week internal political process which started with the two protocols initialized by Turkey and Armenia yesterday.

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.

In an interview with NTV news channel during his visit to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu commented on the two protocols that were recently initialized by Turkish and Armenian authorities.

Anadolu news agency quoted Davutoglu as saying that "recognizing borders" was an important element of the protocols on "Establishment of Diplomatic Relations" and "Development of Bilateral Relations" initialized by Turkey and Armenia within the context of the efforts the two countries had been displaying under the mediation of Switzerland.

"Recognizing borders in line with the international norms stemming from Kars agreement is a basic element. Without that, we cannot talk about being neighbors," Davutoglu said.

Commenting on the six-week internal political process that started with the protocols, Davutoglu said an agreement would be signed by the end of such period.

"The agreement will be signed, however, both countries have their own methods of domestic law. It should be presented to our parliament for approval," he said.

Turkey and Armenia announced a roadmap to normalise ties in April. Earlier, Turkey said it would not open the frontier until Armenia withdraws from occupied Nagorno-Karabakh.


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