Turkey and Armenia Normalize Ties

11Oct09

Turkey_ArmeniaIt makes you wonder why U.S. President Barak Obama was granted the Nobel Peace prize nine months into his presidency. Today in news, Turkey and Armenia signed a historic agreement to establish normal diplomatic relations and reopen their borders on Saturday, after a last-minute dispute over wording sent Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other diplomats into frantic efforts to salvage the deal.

For Turkey and Armenia, neighbors sundered by a century of bitterness over the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, the tumultuous day illustrated how hard it is to heal the wounds of history.

Read the story at the New York Times.

A noteworthy paragraph…

For the United States, a reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia would alter the strategic balance in southeastern Europe. It could open new routes for oil and gas pipelines to the West, as well as a possible alternative supply line for American troops in Afghanistan, though administration officials insisted that had nothing to do with their eagerness for a deal.



3 Responses to “Turkey and Armenia Normalize Ties”

  1. The turks are being very nasty. This agreement shouldn’t have taken place.

  2. I m wondering if the armenians living in armenia were as much concerned by the genocide as the armenian diaspora.

    I remember some talks long time ago about the suffering of one’s grandfather that came through the desert when he was only 5. His parents died during this trip and he was an orphan.

    As an european this time, I am against the entry of Turkey inside the European Union, we do not share the same culture, and I am afraid it s just a game from the turks to achieve this goal.

  3. Lebanon and Israel should do the same.


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