Gul Comments on Possible Erdogan Kocharian Meeting

ANKARA (Zaman)–Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul noted that the possibility of a meeting between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Robert Kocharian may take place in Moscow or Warsaw–though there are no definite plans.

The two leaders–who are in Moscow participating in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the World War II Victory–will take part in the European Council Summit–May 15-16–in Poland.

US State Department Assistant Secretary for European & Eurasian Affairs Laura Kennedy commented that the US welcomes a possibility of talks.

Mentioning recent resolutions in some European countries–which officially recognizing the Armenian genocide–Gul called those attempts contrary to Europe’s basic rights.

When asked whether he would have a meeting with President Kocharian–Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said–"There is not a scheduled meeting now. There is not such a demand?however–I see no reason why we shouldn’t meet in the future."

"As you know–Turkey is one of countries which recognized Armenia after disintegration of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. But there are no diplomatic relations between the two countries. If Armenia fulfills its duties–Turkey will do what is required for a fair and lasting solution in terms of balances in the region," Erdogan said.

Indicating that Turkey opened its air space to Armenia–he said–"We have a positive attitude towards Armenian citizens in the country. We expect Armenia to overcome its problems with Azerbaijan."


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