Armenian Foreign Ministry responded on Friday to Turkey's protest note, Armenia Today writes with reference to the press service of Armenia's Foreign Ministry.
"With regards to the reaction of the Turkish Foreign Ministry in connection with the incident on the Armenian-Turkish border, resulting in death of a Turkish shepherd, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia has sent a note to the Turkish side, expressing regret over the incident and hope that similar cases will not be repeated in the future," the statement said.
Earlier, Turkey handed over a protest note to Armenia in connection with the incident on the Armenian-Turkish border, resulting in death of a Turkish citizen.
The note was delivered through the Turkish Embassy in Georgia.
Turkish shepherd Mustafa Ulker died after being wounded by the servicemen of Armenian Armed Forces on July 31.
The shepherd, residing in the Turkish province of Kars, accidentally crossed the border with Armenia while looking for a missing animal and was fired at by Armenian servicemen. He was later detained.
The head of Akkaya district administration of Kars province Osman Ugurlu reported that as a result of negotiations between the Commander of the Turkish border battalion with the Armenian side, Ulker's body was transferred to Turkey.
Turkey and Armenia have no diplomatic relations and the border between the countries has been closed since 1993. This was caused by Armenian claims for international recognition of the so-called "genocide" and occupation of Azerbaijani territories.
The Turkish government has repeatedly stated that relations between Ankara and Yerevan will be restored after Armenia withdraws from the occupied Azerbaijani territories.
On October 10, 2009, Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Turkey Edward Nalbandian and Ahmet Davutoglu signed protocols on normalization of bilateral relations in Zurich. these protocols need to be ratified by the parliaments of both countries in order to enter into force.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
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