Turkey to propose opening Armenia border during FM Davutoğlu’s visit: Report
ISTANBULTurkey will propose to open its border gate with Armenia in return for Yerevan’s ceding from two occupied Nagorno-Karabakh regions, daily Akşam reported Dec. 9.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will visit Armenia on Dec. 12, marking a first diplomatic push since the protocols signed between the two countries in 2009, which foresaw the development of relations, including the decision on opening the borders, was shelved.
According to the daily, Davutoğlu will demand Armenia to cede from at least two of the seven regions Armenia has been occupying since 1993. In return, the border gate between two countries will be re-opened.
A 2009 protocol aiming to boost ties was halted upon request by Azerbaijan, which has repeatedly said such a move must not happen until there is an agreement on the status of Nagorno-Karabakh.