Ankara’s residents oppose opening of border with Armenia: poll
Turkey, Ankara, March 23 / Trend E. Huseynli /
According to the poll conducted among 100 residents of Ankara, residents of Turkey's capital oppose opening of their country's border with Armenia.
Though Turkish officials do not confirm the information about opening of border with Armenia, Armenian side said that this issue was discussed.
Turkish ambassador to Azerbaijan Hulusi Kilic told media last week that official Ankara's policy towards Azerbaijan was not changed.
"Azerbaijan is informed about all talks held with Armenia. Turkey will never take an action contradicting interests of Azerbaijan," Kilic said.
Roughly 70 percent of respondents participating in the poll oppose opening of border with Armenia. As an argument they stressed the fact that Armenia calls Turkey for recognizing so-called genocide of Armenians, as well as Armenia occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory.
Moreover, 20 percent of respondents said that they do not believe that Turkish government will make a decision about opening of borders with Armenia.
Roughly 10 percent of respondents found difficulty in answering poll's issue. Roughly 50 percent comprises young people of total number of respondents.
Turkey tries to establish diplomatic relations with Armenia broken since 1993. The reason is anti Turkish campaign held by Erevan connected with so-called genocide of Armenians and occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory by Armenia.
Armenia's President Serj Sargsyan invited Turkey's President Abdullah Gul to an elimination match of World Championship between Armenia and Turkey held in Erevan on September 6. After Gul's visit, diplomatic efforts on establishment relations between two countries continue.
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