WASHINGTON (ArmRadio)–Three US congressmen who are the members of the Congressional Friendship Group on Turkey sent a letter to their colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives, urging support for the rapprochement between Turkey and Armenia, and in particular the current Armenia-Turkey protocols, the Anatolian News Agency reported Thursday.
In their letter, U.S. congressmen Robert Wexler, Edward Whitfield and Kay Granger supported the August 31 joint declaration of Turkey, Armenia and Switzerland announcing the protocols that will guide the establishment and development of relations between Turkey and Armenia.
The three congressmen called on their colleagues to support normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations and said the trilateral declaration made by the governments of Turkey, Armenia and Switzerland on August 31 made public two protocols and a schedule to normalize relations.
They also encouraged the Turkish and Armenian governments and their parliaments to move forward with the rapprochement process, with the support of the Swiss government, and to build a better future for Turkey, Armenia and the entire South Caucasus.
Wexler, Whitfield and Granger said that as far as they were concerned, Turkish and Armenian leaders would most probably meet in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
Underscoring what they considered to be a historic development in the region, the congressmen said they hoped this meeting would bring the two countries closer to each other, and lay the groundwork for a planned visit of Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian to Turkey to watch a World Cup qualifier on October 14.
The co-chairmen said Turkey and Armenia had been having internal consultations for six weeks, and they were expected to sign protocols at the end of the six weeks and present them to their parliaments for approval.
The protocols claim to pave the way for improving bilateral relations between Turkey and Armenia, particularly establishing diplomatic relations, commercial and economic cooperation, the congressmen said.
They letter also said the protocol on improving bilateral relations would ensure confidence for fulfillment of articles of the two protocols and added that the significant progress of Turkey and Armenia for normalizing their bilateral relations was encouraging.