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EU Reaffirms Support For Turkish-Armenian Deal


Armenia -- President Serzh Sarkisian meets EU South Caucasus envoy Peter Semneby, Yerevan, 25Sep2009

Armenia -- President Serzh Sarkisian meets EU South Caucasus envoy Peter Semneby, Yerevan, 25Sep2009

The European Union remains fully supportive of Armenia’s and Turkey’s efforts to normalize their relations, a senior EU envoy said during a visit to Yerevan on Friday.

Peter Semneby, the EU’s special representative to the South Caucasus, discussed the issue at a meeting with President Serzh Sarkisian.

“Peter Semneby reaffirmed the European Union’s support of the process of normalizing Turkish-Armenian relations and expressed hope that this historic initiative by Armenia will end in success,” Sarkisian’s office said in a statement.

EU leaders were quick to welcome the August 31 announcement by the Armenian and Turkish foreign ministers that they have finalized two protocols envisaging the establishment of diplomatic relations and the reopening of the border between the two states.

“I commend the courage and vision of both sides to move forward with this historic process,” Javier Solana, the bloc’s foreign and security policy chief, said in a September 1 statement. “I hope the two protocols can be signed, ratified, and implemented in the near term.”

Sarkisian told Semneby that Yerevan continues to stand for an unconditional normalization of Turkish-Armenian ties and that “any step back from this principle can jeopardize the whole process.”
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