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    Armenia and Turkey normalise ties!! Historic accord signed

    Turkey and Armenia have signed a historic accord normalising relations after a century of hostility.

    The deal was signed by the two foreign ministers after last-minute problems delayed the ceremony in Switzerland.

    Under the agreement, Turkey and Armenia are to resume diplomatic ties and reopen their shared border.

    The accord has been met by protests in Armenia, where many people say it does not fully address the 1915 killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians.

    Objections

    Armenia wants Turkey to recognise the killings as an act of genocide, but successive Turkish governments have refused to do so.

    The agreement calls for a joint commission of independent historians to study the genocide issue.
    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Armenian counterpart, Edward Nalbandian, signed the protocols in Switzerland after a delay of more than three hours.

    The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Zurich says the Armenians had apparently raised objections to remarks due to be read out by the Turkish delegation.

    After the signing neither side issued a statement, and our correspondent says this seems to have been the compromise arranged by US officials.

    The Obama administration had been pressing the parties to reach agreement.

    The ceremony was attended by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the EU's High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana.

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    BBC NEWS | Europe | Armenia and Turkey normalise ties

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    Congratz.


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    Re: Armenia and Turkey normalise ties!! Historic accord signed

    Another case of politicians "reaching accord" out of synch with the feelings of Armenian people...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elena View Post
    Another case of politicians "reaching accord" out of synch with the feelings of Armenian people...
    It was also Armenia that chose to normalize the ties.
    I too believe however that the Armenian genocide should have been recognized by Turkey.
    This is pretty much like holocaust denial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    It was also Armenia that chose to normalize the ties.
    I too believe however that the Armenian genocide should have been recognized by Turkey.
    This is pretty much like holocaust denial.
    absolutely correct that the holocaust against the Armenians by Turkey should have been admitted to by Turkey.
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    Re: Armenia and Turkey normalise ties!! Historic accord signed

    Turkey, Armenia Agree To Restore Diplomatic Ties : NPR

    The NPR site had an interesting report analysis " The agreement calls for a panel to discuss "the historical dimension" of the killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians during World War I. The discussion is to include "an impartial scientific examination of the historical records and archives to define existing problems and formulate recommendations."
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    Re: Armenia and Turkey normalise ties!! Historic accord signed

    It happened almost 100 years ago. It's nice to see that both countries have finally agreed to move on.
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    Re: Armenia and Turkey normalise ties!! Historic accord signed

    The Nagorno-Karabakh issue will still need to be resolved but that involves Azerbaijan who is an ally of Turkey. My guess is that Armenia and Turkey had under the table discussions about Nagorno-Karabakh.
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    Re: Armenia and Turkey normalise ties!! Historic accord signed

    welcome to the 21st century, I guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeJayH View Post
    welcome to the 21st century, I guess
    Should the Jews just forget about the Nazi holocaust and just move on into the 21st century ? Just asking !!
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