U.S. HOPES FOR SOONEST OPENING OF ARMENIA-TURKEY BORDER

Interfax
Aug 31 2009
Russia

The United States supports the settlement of Armenian-Turkish relations
and the opening of borders, U.S. Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch said
on Monday.

The United States hopes that Armenia and Turkey will soon make
substantial progress, the ambassador noted.

There are no diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey, and
the border was closed in 1993 at Ankara's initiative. Turkey said
that Armenia must pull out of Nargoro-Karabakh and recognize the
territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. Armenia offered to normalize
relations with Turkey without preconditions.

The Armenian president was invited to watch a soccer game of the
Armenian and Turkey national teams in Turkey on October 14. Turkish
President Abdullah Gul watched a similar game in Armenia last
September.

That was his first ever visit to Yerevan.