Erdogan Kocharian Expected to Meet at European Summit

(AP)–Leaders of neighbors Turkey and Armenia are expected to meet for rare talks at a summit next week–a news agency said Friday.

Turkey’s Anatolia news agency said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Robert Kocharian were expected to meet on the sidelines of a Council of Europe summit scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Warsaw. The date of the meeting was not specified.

Turkish and Armenian officials could not immediately confirm the report. However–Council of Europe spokesman Can Fisek said there were "strong indications" the leaders would meet.

The talks are widely expected to focus on efforts to promote dialogue between the two countries–which do not have diplomatic relations. Erdogan has indicated the countries might establish political ties if Armenia agreed to join a joint commission to investigate the killings. Armenia’says it is ready to re-establish relations with Turkey–but without any preconditions.


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