YEREVAN, ANKARA RATIFY TIMETABLE TO OPEN COMMON BORDER

PanARMENIAN.Net
01.09.2009 11:20 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Armenia and Turkey, guided by the Protocol on the
Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Armenia
and the Republic of Turkey, agreed to open the common border within
2 months after the entry into force of this Protocol.

The two countries agreed to conduct regular political consultations
between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries;
to implement a dialogue on the historical dimension with the aim
to restore mutual confidence between the two nations, including
an impartial scientific examination of the historical records and
archives to define existing problems and formulate recommendations;
to make the best possible use of existing transport, communications
and energy infrastructure and networks between the two countries, and
to undertake measures in this regard; to develop the bilateral legal
framework in order to foster cooperation between the two countries;
to cooperate in the fields of science and education by encouraging
relations between the appropriate institutions as well as promoting
the exchange of specialists and students, and act with the aim of
preserving the cultural heritage of both sides and launching common
cultural projects; to establish consular cooperation in accordance
with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963 in order to
provide necessary assistance and protection to the citizens of the
two countries; to take concrete measures in order to develop trade,
tourism and economic cooperation between the two countries; to engage
in a dialogue and reinforce their cooperation on environmental issues.

They agreed on the establishment of an intergovernmental bilateral
commission which shall comprise separate sub-commissions for the
prompt implementation of the commitments mentioned in operational
paragraph 2 above in this Protocol. To prepare the working modalities
of the intergovernmental commission and its sub-commissions, a
working group headed by the two Ministers of Foreign Affairs shall
be created 2 months after the day following the entry into force of
this Protocol. Within 3 months after the entry into force of this
Protocol, these modalities shall be approved at ministerial level. The
intergovernmental commission shall meet for the first time immediately
after the adoption of the said modalities. The sub-commissions shall
start their work at the latest 1 month thereafter and they shall work
continuously until the completion of their mandates. Where appropriate,
international experts shall take part in the sub-commissions. The
timetable and elements agreed by both sides for the implementation
of this Protocol arc mentioned in the annexed document, which is an
integral part of this Protocol.

This Protocol and the Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic
Relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey
shall enter into force on the same day, i.e. on the first day of the
first month following the exchange of instruments of ratification,
Armenian MFA said in a statement.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress