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Ankara again links the problem of opening of the border to Armenia with the Karabakh conflict settlement

  • by Tatevik Shahunyan

  • Monday, July 7, 11:38

Reports that Turkey will open the border to Armenia in September this year are baseless, but the issue may be involved in the agenda within the frames of the processes which provide the possibility of the global peace in the South Caucasus, press-secretary of Turkish Foreign Ministry, Tanju Bildich, made such a statement, as official website of the Turkish Foreign ministry reported. He also added that Armenia should display will for resolving of problems with its neighbors, which will be crucial in this matter.

 

Turkey's "Taraf" newspaper has reported that preparations to open Alijan checkpoint on the border with Armenia in September are underway.

 

According to the newspaper, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had given official instructions to get through with preparations to open Alijan checkpoint. By opening Alijan checkpoint, Turkey is aiming to normalize its relations with the U.S. and Armenia. Following his condolences to Armenians over 1915's events in April, this is now the second step taken by PM Erdogan to normalize its relations with Armenia.

 

Official Yerevan has not yet responded at the information.

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