US Urges Turkey to Open Border with Armenia

ANKARA (Armenpress)–US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried and the OSCE Minsk Group US Co-Chair Steven Mann met in Turkey Friday with Turkish officials to discuss the Karabagh conflict settlement–Ankara-Yerevan relations–and energy issues.

During the meeting–Fried urged Turkey to open up its border with Armenia as a step toward normalization of relations between the two countries–Anatolia News Agency reported.

Fried said that the opening of the border between Armenia and Turkey will be beneficial for the two countries and the whole region. He said US will support it.

The Turkish side refused–saying that it defends Azerbaijan and will not open its border with Armenia unless progress is made in the Karabagh conflict and Armenia’steps back from its demand for recognition of the Armenian genocide.

Referring to the Armenian genocide–Fried said that Turkey should seriously recognize the mistakes it has made in the past.

Fried said–"The tragedies should be recognized. People must be truly and bravely interested in the issue. At the same time it is necessary to think of the future of the two nations."

The US official also discussed with Turkish officials Iran’s nuclear program and the Cyprus issue. Turkey and the United States share concern over the Iranian nuclear issue–but officials from both sides agree that it should be resolved through diplomatic means–Anatolia said.


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