YEREVAN, December 9. /ARKA/. Armenia’s deputy foreign minister Shavarsh Kocharyan advises Turkey’s minister of foreign affairs Ahmet Davutoghlu to visit the Armenian genocide monument in Yerevan, the press office of Armenia’s foreign ministry reported.
Davutoghlu is planning to participate in the meeting of foreign ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) to be held in Yerevan on December 12.
It would be more correct to take the advantage and visit the Armenian genocide monument in Yerevan instead of making provocative statements that may affect possible positive developments in the region ahead of the meeting in Yerevan, Kocharyan said.
According to the deputy minister, if Turkey wants to speed up establishments of civilized relations between the two countries, it should ratify the protocols signed by the parties in Zurich in 2009 without preconditions and open the border it closed.
There are currently no diplomatic relations established between Turkey and Armenia: official Ankara closed the border in 1993. The uneasy relationship between the countries is caused particularly by Ankara’s support to Azerbaijan on Karabakh problem and Turkey’s overreaction to international recognition of the 1915 Armenian genocide in Ottoman Empire.
Some reconciliation in the relations started in autumn 2008 initiated by Armenia’s president Serzh Sargsyan. Foreign ministers of Armenia and Turkey signed protocols about establishing diplomatic relations in Zurich on October 10 2009 to be ratified by the parliaments. On April 22 2010 Armenia’s president Sargsyan suspended the ratification process saying Turkey was not ready to continue the process. Ratification of the protocols has been frozen. –0—