Armenia, Turkey Sign Accord
Posted on Oct 10, 2009
Despite a last-minute hitch, Turkey and Armenia signed an agreement normalizing relations. The accord comes almost a century after the killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians in 1915, an action for which Turkey denies responsibility. Under the agreement, a panel of independent historians will study the genocide issue.
Under the agreement, Turkey and Armenia are to resume diplomatic ties and re-open their shared border.
The accord has been met by protests in Armenia, where many people say it does not fully address the 1915 killing of hundreds of thousands of Armenians.
[...] Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Armenian counterpart, Edward Nalbandian, signed the protocols in Switzerland after a delay of more than three hours.
The BBC’s Kim Ghattas in Zurich says the Armenians had apparently raised objections to remarks due to be read out by the Turkish delegation.
After the signing neither side issued a statement, and our correspondent says this seems to have been the compromise arranged by US officials.
[...] The accord needs to be ratified by the parliaments of both countries.
A monument in Yerevan, Armenia, to the hundreds of thousands of Armenians killed in 1915.