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    Armenian foreign minister believes Turkey wants better ties - Turkish TV

    NTV television, Istanbul
    1 Jul 04

    Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskankyan has said that in the brief
    meeting he had with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the
    NATO summit, he was convinced that Turkey wants to improve the
    relations between the two countries. Commenting on the 10-minute
    meeting he held with Erdogan, Oskanyan said: I believe that the
    Turkish government sincerely wants a change towards the amelioration
    of the relations with Armenia.

    Oskanyan remarked that the issue of reinstating the rail transport
    between Turkey and Armenia was discussed with Foreign Minister
    Abdullah Gul. On the subject of the Nagornyy Karabakh issue between
    Armenia and Azerbaijan, Oskanyan said: Armenia will not accept
    Turkey's acting as an impartial mediator.

    Oskanyan reported that with US officials, he discussed the intention
    to veto the proposal to appoint Turkey as the term president of the
    OSCE in 2007. The Armenian foreign minister expressed the belief that
    the position of OSCE term president should be filled by a country that
    has diplomatic relations with all member countries.