Turkey, Armenia could launch projects after solution, says President

Türkiye Materials 26 September 2008 10:32 (UTC +04:00)

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul said that he wanted that climate to eliminate problems between the two countries, reported Worldbulletin.

"I am very hopeful about this," he said in a meeting organized by the American-Turkish Society in New York.

Gul said that Turkey and Armenia did not have diplomatic relations, and their borders were closed although Turkey was one of the first countries recognizing Armenia's independence.

"However, two countries have had humanitarian activities," Gul said and gave Turkey's wheat assistance to Armenia in 1990s as an example.

Gul said thousands of Armenian citizens were working in Turkey due to economic reasons, there were flights and cultural activities between the two countries.

"My recent visit (to Armenia) was for a soccer game, but I did not only watch the game with Mr. Sargsian (the Armenian President). We had the opportunity to discuss bilateral relations, Caucasus and Azerbaijan," he said.

Gul underlined necessity of solving regional problems through dialogue, and expressed his hope that everything would normalize in the end.

President Gul also said that one of indicators that relations would normalize one ay was the trilateral meeting the foreign ministers of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia would hold in New York on Friday.

"What leaders should do is to eliminate problems, not to feed enmities," Gul also said.

Gul said that many projects could be carried out between Turkey and Armenia, like establishing industrial zones at the border, after problems were solved.