YEREVAN, August 25. /ARKA/. Yerevan has received an invitation to the Turkish president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's inauguration ceremony, Armenia’s president Serzh Sargsyan said as cited by his press office.
There are no diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey: the border has been closed since 1993 initiated by official Ankara. The complications in the countries’ relations are caused particularly by Ankara’s support to Azerbaijan in Karabakh conflict and its overreaction to the 1915 genocide of Armenians in Ottoman Empire being acknowledged across the world.
Armenia will probable accept the invitation and attend the ceremony at a foreign minister level, Sargsyan said on Sunday at his meeting with members of Together 2014 youth educational forum. Ergodan’s inauguration is scheduled for Thursday August 28.
The president also said Armenia’s foreign minister Edward Nalbandyan will ask Erdogan during the ceremony whether he is going to visit Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan on the centenary of the genocide, April 24 2015.
Sargsyan found it difficult to answer when the Armenia-Turkish border will be opened. “Armenia’s wish is to have it opened as soon as possible”, Armenian president said.
An Armenia-Turkish reconciliation was initiated by Armenian president in autumn 2008. On October 10, 2009, the two foreign ministers signed the protocol about establishing diplomatic relations in Zurich to be ratified by the countries’ parliaments. On April 22 2010 Armenia’s president Sargsyan suspended the ratification process saying Turkey was not ready to continue the process (ratification by Turkey’s parliament was frozen). –0—