TURKISH FM: ANKARA NOT PLANS TO OPEN BORDER WITH YEREVAN

Today.Az
http://www.today.az/news/politic s/55163.html
Sept 1 2009
Azerbaijan

Turkey does not plan to open border with neighboring Armenia at current
stage, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu said commenting on
agreement reached between the two countries to resume diplomatic ties.

Turkey and Armenia have agreed to start internal political
consultations on the establishment of diplomatic ties and development
of bilateral relations, said Monday a joint statement issued by Turkey,
Armenia, and Switzerland.

Political consultations to be completed within six weeks after that
will be signed two protocols to be referred for approval by the
parliaments of two countries, said in a press release the Turkish
Foreign Ministry.

The statement said internal political consultations over two protocols,
which had been agreed on under Swiss mediation, would be completed
within six weeks which would be followed by ratification at Turkish
and Armenian parliaments.

"Turkey's aim is to maintain the best relations with its neighbors and
establish stable and comprehensive peace in the Caucasus," Davutoglu
said in an interview with NTV television channel.

He said the process of normalizing relations with Armenia is "an
important part of the process launched."

The foreign minister assured that Ankara "at each stage of the process
(the normalization of relations with Armenia) will take into account
the interests of Azerbaijan."