The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the special envoys of Turkey and Armenia will hold their first meeting in Moscow on January 14 to normalize relations.
Ankara, Turkey-The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday that the special envoys of Turkey and Armenia will hold their first meeting in Moscow on January 14 to normalize relations between the two countries.
The two neighboring countries, which have no diplomatic relations, agreed last month to appoint special representatives. They will discuss ways to establish formal relations and end years of tension. Turkey and Armenia also hope to resume charter flights between Istanbul and Yerevan.
This move is seen as part of efforts to end tensions in the Caucasus. This is also part of Turkey’s efforts to reconcile some countries, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, and end their regional isolation.
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not provide further details of the meeting to be held in Moscow. Turkey appointed Serdar Kilic, the former ambassador to the United States, as its special representative, while Armenia appointed Ruben Rubinyan as its deputy speaker.
Ankara and Yerevan reached an agreement in 2009 to establish formal relations and open their common borders, but due to Azerbaijan’s opposition, the agreement was never approved. However, this time, the reconciliation efforts have been blessed by Azerbaijan. Turkish officials stated that Ankara will “coordinate” the normalization process with Azerbaijan.
As a close ally of Azerbaijan, Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 to show solidarity with Baku, which clashed with Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
In 2020, Turkey strongly supported Azerbaijan in the six-week conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh. This conflict ended with a peace agreement mediated by Russia, and Azerbaijan gained most of Nagorno-Karabakh. Control.
Turkey and Armenia have also had more than a century of hostility towards the deaths of approximately 1.5 million Armenians in the massacres, deportations, and forced demonstrations that began in Ottoman Turkey in 1915. Historians generally consider this event to be a genocide.
Turkey strongly rejected the label of genocide and admitted that many people died in that era, but insisted that the death toll was exaggerated and that the death toll was caused by civil strife.