Turkish Minister Pushes Govt. Line with Istanbul Armenian School Leaders

ANKARA (Combined Sources)–Turkey’s Minister of EU Affairs, Egemen Bagis, told directors, principals and heads of Parent Teacher Associations of Armenian primary and high schools in Istanbul Tuesday that the government wants to improve relations with all neighbors including Armenia.

The Armenian community living in Turkey is an important bridge for this purpose, Bagis was quoted as saying by the semi-official Anatolia news agency.

"We wish to improve political, economic and social relations with Armenia. Recent developmen’s raised our hopes," said Bagis.

"I am hopeful and we see the Armenian community living in Turkey as an important bridge for this purpose. Because you have got a lot to add to this friendship," Bagis added.

He said hostility and hatred would go nowhere as Turkish and Armenian people lived together on this geography for centuries.

Bagis said that Turkish and Armenian people would overcome obstacles together, adding "we got over lots of difficulties together on this land. We have gone through very poor and troubled days together. Now we are experiencing maybe the most prosperous days of our history."

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