Turkey to Launch Armenian-Language Radio Station

ANKARA (Reuters)–Turkey’s state broadcaster plans to launch an Armenian-language radio station, the Anatolian state news agency said on Friday, amid tentative moves by Turkey and its neighbor Armenia towards restoring diplomatic ties.

The Turkish Radio and Television Corp (TRT), which launched a television channel in the once-banned Kurdish language in January, also planned to launch a Kurdish radio channel.

Anatolian said the Armenian-language channel should go on air in "two to three months."

"At this stage, we will refrain from any commen’s," an Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesman’said when asked about the report of the planned radio station on Friday.

The announcement comes as U.S. lawmakers, ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama to Turkey on April 6-7, are renewing the drive to reaffirm the US position on the Armenian Genocide.

Ankara has warned that a new resolution by the U.S. Congress could seriously hurt Washington’s ties with Turkey. It also argues such a resolution would derail efforts to %u218mend’ relations with Armenia, including moves to open the border.

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