Turkish and Armenian special envoys meet for second round of talks

The special envoys for the normalisation of relations between Armenia and Turkey met in Vienna yesterday (24 February) , for the second round of talks aimed at normalising relations. 

Statements from the Foreign Ministries of both countries said that the special representatives had confirmed that the ultimate goal of these negotiations was to achieve a full normalisation of relations between the two countries without preconditions. They added that the sides had exchanged views on possible concrete steps which could be mutually implemented to that end.

Armenia’s representative, the Deputy Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly, Ruben Rubinyan, and his Turkish counterpart, Ambassador Serdar Kilic, met last month in Moscow for an inaugural meeting which was described by both sides as having been “positive and constructive”.

On Wednesday, the Turkish president, Recep Tayip Erdoğan, announced that Turkey would be willing to take further steps in improving relations with Armenia, including opening its borders, so long as Yerevan was determined to continue the normalisation process.

Source: commonspace.eu with agencies
Photo: Armenian and Turkish flags; commonspace (archive)