Armenia says little progress in negotiations with Turkey
Armenia sees little progress in rapprochement talks with Turkey, said Ruben Rubinyan, the country’s special representative for the normalisation process, Armenian newspaper Asbarez reported.
“Armenia has the political will, and the success of this process depends on whether Turkey has the political will. As you can see, up to this point there has not been much progress,” Rubinyan told reporters at the Armenian Parliament on Thursday. He also serves as the deputy speaker of the assembly.
“Since the beginning of the process, Armenia has been very constructive,” Rubinyan said, according to the newspaper, which is based in the United States.
Turkish and Armenian envoys have held three rounds of exploratory talks since January aimed at normalising diplomatic relations, frozen for almost three decades. Both countries began the talks without preconditions, though Turkey has frequently called on Armenia to open a trade corridor through territory it controls to Azerbaijan to allow the passage of Turkish and Azerbaijani goods.
Rubinyan said there was no specific document on the table, Asbarez said.
Ties between the two countries have been suspended since early 1990’s due to Armenia’s conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, which the two countries last fought over in late 2020. The clashes lasted six weeks and Armenia handed back territories in Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan as part of a truce agreement signed in November 2020. Turkey sided with Azerbaijan in the conflict. Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993.
“The main thing in the process is political will, if there is a will, the rest is easy to solve,” Rubinyan said.
Rubinyan and Serdar Kılıç, Turkey’s special envoy for the talks, were scheduled to meet on Friday in Vienna, Asbarez said.