Armenian-Turkish relations must be normalized in reasonable time, without any preliminary conditions: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon said today in Yerevan that the Armenian-Turkish relations must be normalized in a reasonable time and without any preliminary conditions.
The American diplomat said this today at a briefing in Yerevan, in response to a question of Mediamax.
Philip Gordon stressed that the Armenian-Turkish dialogue should not be linked to other issues. Commenting on the request of Mediamax word "reasonable time", the Assistant Secretary of State noted that the specific time frame must be identified by Armenia and Turkey.
"The parties understand that the process can not continue indefinitely. They are aware of the need to move forward," Gordon said.
The American diplomat said that he was appointed by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State only 2 weeks ago, and his decision to visit Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan have been caused by the "historical development", which took place in the region.
Gordon said that the United States is daily engaged in the Nagorno-Karabakh issue and the Armenian-Turkish relations.
"My powers concern 50 countries and 3 international organizations, but I must say that for all times while in office, I paid much more attention to the settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh and the Armenian-Turkish relations.