Turkish FM sends dialogue letter to Armenia

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said on Monday he had sent a letter to Yerevan calling for dialogue with Armenia and saying Turkey wanted to normalise ties between the two countries.

Turkish FM sends dialogue letter to Armenia
Ankara has no diplomatic relations with Armenia and keeps its land border closed in protest over Armenian occupation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

"Turkey desires to normalise its relations with Armenia. Turkey is keeping channels of dialogue open with the new Armenian government," Babacan told a news conference.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul congratulated Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan on his election win in February and said he hoped for an improvement in relations.

Armenia is a place between Turkey and Azerbaijan in a region that is emerging as an important transit route for oil exports from the Caspian Sea to world markets, though Armenia has no pipeline of its own.

Turkey was among the first countries to recognize Armenia's independence after the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union but has no diplomatic ties due to Armenia's occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh, a slice of Azeri territory populated by ethnic Armenians.

Reuters
Last Mod: 22 Nisan 2008, 08:29
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