Council of Europe welcomes agreement on diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia.
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 1 / Trend , V.Zhavoronkova /
Council of Europe welcomes the agreement on diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia, said the Acting Secretary General of the Council of Europe Maud de Boer-Buquicchio.
"I strongly welcome the agreement to sign two protocols between Turkey and Armenia on establishing of diplomatic relations between the two countries, she said. This is a historic event for both countries and the region".
"It will help to normalise the relations between two member states of the Council of Europe and I would like to encourage the two countries to continue on the path which will help improve the stability in this part of Europe," Maud de Boer-Buquicchio said.
During negotiations under the mediation of Switzerland, Turkey and Armenia reached an agreement to begin "internal political consultations" regarding the signing of Protocol on establishing diplomatic relations" and "Protocol on development of bilateral relations, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
Political consultations will be completed within six weeks, and after that two protocols will be signed, which to be presented for approval by the parliaments of two countries," the statement says.
"Both protocols provide the basis for the normalization of bilateral relations," the Foreign Ministry of Turkey stated.
Diplomatic relations are absent between Turkey and Armenia, the borders between the two countries have been closed since 1993.
"Normalization of bilateral relations would contribute to ensuring peace and stability in the region. Turkey and Armenia are inclined to make common efforts under support of Switzerland," the Ministry of Turkey said.