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Armenia-Turkey road map agreement envisages package solution problems

PanARMENIAN.Net - Joint statement on road map issued by Foreign Ministries of Armenia and Turkey is the result of process launched two years ago, a Turkish expert said.

"Now, we eyewitness achievements of these talks," Sinan Ogan, Chair of the Turkish Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies told PanARMENIAN.Net "Turkey has many times declared it doesn't want to have problems with all neighboring countries. And what we see today is the result of Ankara's foreign policy."

Ogan believes that agreement between Yerevan and Ankara provides complex, package solution of current Armenian-Turkish problems. "It does not refer to the Armenian-Turkish border only. I think the road map also includes the Karabakh conflict resolution. This is a multi stage process," TURKSAM leader said.

Sinan Ogan commented that Nagorno Karabakh conflict remains on Armenian-Turkish relations agenda. "I think during the current year Yerevan, Ankara and Baku will manage to show serious progress in Armenian-Turkish relations and Karabakh conflict resolution," he said.

On April 22, Armenia and Turkey agreed on road-map to normalize ties. The joint statement issued by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Armenia and Turkey said that Turkey and Armenia, together with Switzerland as mediator, have been working intensively with a view to normalizing their bilateral relations and developing them in a spirit of good-neighborliness, and mutual respect, and thus to promoting peace, security and stability in the whole region.

"The two parties have achieved tangible progress and mutual understanding in this process and they have agreed on a comprehensive framework for the normalization of their bilateral relations in a mutually satisfactory manner. In this context, a road-map has been identified.

This agreed basis provides a positive prospect for the on-going process," the statement said.
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