Moscow to host first Armenia-Turkey meeting for normalization - Çavuşoğlu

Turkey and Armenia’s newly-appointed special envoys will hold their first meeting in Moscow as part of a bid to normalise ties between the two countries, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Monday.

“Our impression is that the first meeting will take place in Moscow, on the request of Armenia,’’ CNN Türk network cited the Turkish foreign minister as saying during an annual evaluation at the ministry. “We have both appointed special envoys so that they can speak directly.”

Turkey and Armenia, after almost three decades of frozen ties, earlier this year announced they are seeking to normalize relations. Both countries earlier this month appointed special envoys to this end.

“We wish for direct communication before the first meeting,’’ Çavuşoğlu said. “There must be direct contact to determine a roadmap (for normalising ties).’’

Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia have been suspended for 28 years due to Armenia’s extended military standoff with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh in which Ankara sided with Baku. 

Two bilateral protocols were signed between Turkey and Armenia in Zurich in 2009 aimed at normalizing ties. They were never ratified by either of the country’s parliaments.

Most recently, tensions between the countries soared amid Turkey's staunch backing of Azerbaijan in the six-week long war in Karabakh last year, in which an estimated 5700 people died

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