ACCORDING TO TURKISH MEDIA, TURKEY PLANS TO OPEN ITS BORDER WITH ARMENIA IN MID-APRIL

Noyan Tapan
March 31, 2009

ANKARA, MARCH 31, NOYAN TAPAN. Turkey plans to open its border with
Armenia in April after US President Barack Obama's planned visit to
Ankara, Turkish ABHaber website reported this referring to a high
official of the European Commission, without mentioning his name.

According to the website, rumors circulate in Brussels that Turkey
will open its border with Armenia in Arpil. Most probably, it will take
place after US President Barack Obama's planned visit to Turkey. It is
most probable that the border will be opened a few days before April
24. The website added that Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan's
visit to Armenia planned for mid-April is also on the agenda.

ABHaber mentioned that according to EU observers, Turkey's opening
its border with Armenia will have a positive response in Europe and
will strengthen Ankara's positions.