Turkey and Armenia decided to improve relations, including raising the level of regular consulting mechanism to foreign ministers, speeding up efforts to form a joint commission and opening the border for humanitarian aid. (UPDATED)
Turkish President Abdullah Gul paid a landmark visit to
The visit was hailed as a step towards the normalization of relations between the two neighbors, who do not have any diplomatic relations because of
The two leaders decided to improve diplomatic ties at the meetings held in
The regular consulting mechanism between
The report also said the efforts to establish a joint commission for resolving the so-called genocide claims would be sped up and a separate commission would be formed to address the economic field.
In 2005, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan took a first step towards resolving the issue by proposing that a joint commission of historians launch an investigation and publish their conclusions, but the proposal was rejected by
HUMANITARIAN AID TO
The closed border between two countries could also be opened for humanitarian aid purpose depending on the gestures from Armenian side and the direction of the relations, Hurriyet said citing diplomatic sources.
The border has been closed since 1993, when
Turkish president also said the visit showed a will to set up an atmosphere to eliminate the problems between
Gul added that he thanked Sargsyan for extending his support to
The Armenian president also thanked Gul for accepting his invitation to
However there is no diplomatic relations between two countries, as
GUL RETURNS POSITIVE
"I believe that my visit was fruitful and that it promises hope for the future," Gul said after returning to
He said he had won
"We were pleased with
"The most important issue in the
But Gul said that neither the dispute nor the closed border between the two neighbors figured in his meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan.
"He did not mention, or even imply at, the so-called genocide claims," Gul was quoted as saying by the Anatolian Agency said.