GORDON: ARMENIA, TURKEY SHOULD MOVE FORWARD IN RATIFYING PROTOCOLS

Yerkir
02.02.2010 13:02

Yerevan (Yerkir) - Turkey and Armenia need to move forward in ratifying
and implementing protocols signed last October on establishing
diplomatic relations," Philip Gordon , the U.S. Assistant Secretary
of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, has said, the World
Bulletin reported.

"We believe this is an opportunity to overcome really historic
differences between the two countries in a way that would benefit
both," Gordon said. "To establish normalized relations between the two
countries and open the border would contribute to peace and stability
in the region, and we think that is true regardless of other issues -
that it needs to move forward independently of other issues, simply
because it is in the interest of the two countries."

Gordon also noted that U.S. Government was in touch with Yerevan
and Ankara and that the Obama administration encouraged them to
move forward.