WASHINGTON (World Bulletin)–A senior U.S. State Department official on Monday called on Turkey and Armenia to ratify a pair protocols signed last October to normalize relations and open borders, Worldbulettin.com reported.
Philip Gordon, the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, told a press conference that Turkey and Armenia need to move forward in ratifying and implementing the two agreements. “We believe this is an opportunity to overcome really historic differences between the two countries in a way that would benefit both,” Gordon said.
“To establish normalized relations between the two countries and open the border would contribute to peace and stability in the region, and we think that is true regardless of other issues – that it needs to move forward independently of other issues, simply because it is in the interest of the two countries,” he said.
Gordon said that U.S. government was in touch with both governments and that Obama Administration has encouraged them to move forward on the dramatic fence mending deal. “Turkey-Armenia normalization is a good thing in and of itself and it should move forward because of that,” he added.