ARMENIA-TURKEY RAPPROCHEMENT MUST NOT BE TIED WITH ANY OTHER PROCESS: PHILIP GORDON

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13:08 ~U 02.02.10

It's necessary to ratify and implement the Protocols signed between
Armenia and Turkey, and establishing relations must continue without
connecting it with any other process, said Assistant Secretary at
the U.S. State Department's Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Philip Gordon, during a Washington press conference, reports CNN Turk.

The U.S. Assistant State Secretary, noting that normalizing relations
between Armenia and Turkey and opening of the border will contribute
to the establishment of peace and stability in the region, stated
that "We believe that that process has to continue, independent of
other matters."

Gordon also stated that the U.S. is going to continue maintaining
contacts with both Armenian and Turkish authorities in this process.

Earlier, Gordon had said that the U.S. views the Armenian
Constitutional Court's ruling as a positive step forward in the
ratification process of the Protocols.

"The court decision permits the protocols, as they were negotiated
and signed, to move forward towards parliamentary ratification,
and does not appear to limit or qualify them in any way," he said.