TURKISH MP HOPES THE RECENT STATEMENTS OF ARMENIAN AND TURKISH LEADERS WILL PRODUCE TANGIBLE RESULTS

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29.04.2008 17:10

"Turkey and Armenia should launch a meaningful process that will allow
to reach the desired rapprochement, and it is necessary to demonstrate
a creative and daring approach towards this end," representative of the
ruling "Justice and Development" Party, Spokesman of Foreign Affairs
Committee of the Turkish Parliament Suat Kiniklioglu declared in an
interview with Mediamax, commenting on the perspectives of improvement
of Armenian-Turkish relations in light of the reciprocal messages of
the Prime Ministers of the two countries and the statements of the
Foreign Ministers.

"I want to hope that these statements are more than just wishes that
produce no result. I know that Minister Babacan is sincere in his wish
to start a new phase of relations with Armenia. The normalization of
relations derives from the interests of the two countries. We must
not leave the existing problems to the next generations of Armenians
and Turks," the Turksh parliamentarian said.

Asked about the main obstacles on the way of normalization of
Armenian-Turkish relations, Suat Kiniklioglu said: "The main obstacle
is that the maintenance of the status quo was acceptable to all
parties. I think that the status quo is no more acceptable to any of
the parties. The wounds of the past should not prevent us from moving
forward and establishing new relations between our countries."

The Turkish MP noted that "one of the conditions of establishment
of diplomatic relations is the clear statement on recognition of
each other's borders. The second issue refers to the occupation of
territories belonging to Azerbaijan."

Suat Kiniklioglu said also that the improvement of the Armenian-Turkish
relations is not a bilateral issueonly. It touches the interests of
countries like Russia, Azerbaijan and the US.