PRESIDENT OF ARMENIA: I WILL LEAVE FOR TURKEY IF OUR BORDER IS OPEN OR IF WE ARE ON THE THRESHOLD OF IT

ArmInfo
2009-08-31 11:20:00

ArmInfo. "I have stated this twice: I will leave for Turkey on that
football match if our border is open or if we are on the threshold of
it," President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan says in an interview with BBC
in response to the question what the Armenian party expects from Ankara
to unfreeze the negotiations. "If Turks fulfill our arrangements it
is one thing, and if they fail it is another thing. We have certain
arrangements. And I think it is normal and right when the parties
fulfill their arrangements.

Unfortunately, I have not seen high desire and aspiration
for fulfillment of these arrangements. Our desire is the same
i.e. establishment of relations without preconditions," Serzh Sargsyan
said. Asked if he will leave for Turkey on the return match of the two
countries' teams, the president said: "You know there are two answers
to this question. To say I will leave or I will not leave would not
be essential. I mean that we can no longer connect the visit of the
football match with our relations with Turkey. Let's imagine at least
two versions. Let's suppose that we are freezing our talks with Turkey
and I visit Turkey. And the second version: we continue the talks
but I do not leave for Turkey. Which version is more important? If
you ask your question in the context of our negotiations with Turkey
and the possible results till October, my answer is such. "

The football match Armenia vs. Turkey is scheduled for October 14
in Turkey.

Last year President of Turkey visited Armenia to watch the first game
of the two teams.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress