Interfax, Russia
Nov 29 2013

Yerevan expects EU to help to raise blockade of Armenia - President Sargsian

YEREVAN. Nov 29


Yerevan expects European partners to be consistent in the issue of
opening the state border between Armenia and Turkey, Armenian
President Serzh Sargsian said.

"We expect EU members-states, as our partners, to be completely and
consistently involved in the issue of eliminating the illegal blockade
of Armenia by Turkey," Sargsian said when speaking at the Vilnius
summit on Friday.

Turkey still has challenges in opening the last closed European border
section and introducing diplomatic ties with Armenia, the Armenian
president's press office quoted Sargsian to Interfax as saying.

Gradual adoption of the European values will help Turkey "to come to
terms with its past," Sargsian said.

"Currently thousand of Turks condemn the genocide of Armenians and
stand by us in order to honor the memory of genocide victims. I think
that ahead of the 100th anniversary of genocide ofArmenians the
Turkish authorities should show will and give up the policy of
denial," Sargsian said.

The Armenian-Turkish border has been closed since 1933 on the
initiative of Ankara due to the Karabakh conflict, in which Turkey
supports Azerbaijan.

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