SYRIAN PRESIDENT WELCOMES ARMENIAN-TURKISH RECONCILIATION

Information-Analytic Agency NEWS.am
Sept 15 2009
Armenia

12:38 / 09/15/2009Syrian President Bashar al-Assad received Turkish
journalists and answered their questions before his visit to Turkey
scheduled September 16. The President touched upon Armenian-Turkish
relations' normalization and Kurdish issue settlement, Turkish CNNturk
website reports.

He underlined that Turkey's recent initiatives will have positive
impact on Turkey in particular and the region on the whole.

The President stated his readiness to support Armenian-Turkish
initiative, emphasizing the significance of the process for Syria.

Bashar al-Assad said Syria backs Turkey in its struggle against PKK
Party (Kurdistan Workers' Party). If over 1500 Syrian Kurds hiding
in North Iraq lay down arms, Syria will accept them, the President
mentioned.