WASHINGTON (AP)–Turkey has eased its visa restrictions on Armenian citizens in what Turkish officials described Tuesday as a goodwill gesture.
Turkish officials said the unilateral measure was also prompted by humanitarian concerns.
Foreign Minister Ismail Cem confirmed Monday that some changes had been made. Turkish officials–speaking Tuesday on condition of anonymity–said the new visa procedures have been in place since January 10.
Under the new procedures–Armenia’s can get a visa at any border point rather than being required to obtain one before arrival. The visa restrictions had been imposed after several European countries passed resolutions condemning the World War I era killings of Armenia’s as genocide.