Deputy FM Discusses Secret Talks with Turkey

TSAKHKADZOR (Armenpress)–Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia–Gegham Gharibjanian–responded Thursday to statemen’s made by the Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry about secret meetings conducted between Armenian and Turkish diplomats on improving relations between the two countries.

According to the Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Namik Tan–there have been three meetings between representatives of the Armenian Foreign Affairs Ministry and "preparations are being made for the organization of further meetings."

Referring to this statement Gharibjanian said that as of now–the Armenian Foreign Affairs Minister and his aides are not dealing with such issues. However–they are closely following these processes.

"Last year meetings were conducted–but during this year no meeting took place," said the deputy minister.

The Turkish press reported that the Turkish side proposed the establishment of two committees to simultaneously hold talks on political issues and the Armenian genocide–which Armenia rejected.

"We have suggestions and everybody knows about them–including Turkey: they are–opening borders between Armenia and Turkey without pre-conditions–establishing diplomatic relations–and–of course–recognizing the Armenian genocide," Gharibjanian said.

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