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Armenia repeats readiness to open ties with Turkey without preconditions

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  • Armenia repeats readiness to open ties with Turkey without preconditions

    Armenia repeats readiness to open ties with Turkey without preconditions

    AP Worldstream
    May 03, 2005

    Armenia said Tuesday it was ready to establish political ties with
    Turkey without any preconditions, amid nascent efforts by the two
    countries to end lingering bilateral tensions.

    Turkish press reported that Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
    Erdogan and Armenian President Robert Kocharian may meet during May
    9 Victory Day celebrations in Moscow or at a Council of Europe summit
    scheduled for May 15-16 in Warsaw.

    The newspaper Ramzan cited unnamed diplomatic sources in the story,
    posted on its Web site. Officials from Erdogan's office were not
    immediately available to comment, and a Turkish Foreign Ministry
    official said he had no information on any such meeting.

    Efforts to open diplomatic ties between the two countries have gained
    new energy recently as a growing number of Turks begin to openly
    discuss the issue of the mass killings of Armenians that began in 1915.

    Armenians say some 1.5 million were killed in a campaign of genocide
    by the Ottoman Empire authorities. Turkey says the death count is
    inflated, and that the Armenians were killed or displaced in the
    civil unrest during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

    Erdogan has said Turkey might establish political ties if Armenia
    agreed to set up a joint commission to investigate the killings.

    Presidential spokesman Viktor Sogomonyan said Tuesday that Armenia
    is ready to re-establish relations with Ankara, but "without any
    preconditions." He again repeated Armenia's position that the ties
    should not be contingent with the creation of a joint commission.

    Armenia says there is no reason to investigate the killings because
    it considers the genocide a historic fact.

    More and more Turks are beginning to openly question official versions
    of history. Turkey's ambition of joining the European Union is fueling
    the examination as is Turkish civil society, which has become more
    open and democratic in recent years.
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