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Turchi e armeni: H o h?

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A historical treaty – with major obstacles
El País, Spain (13/10/2009) – The foreign ministers of Turkey and Armenia have signed a treaty that aims to regulate the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The left-liberal daily El País describes this as an important step but remains sceptical: “The treaty can be called historic because only a few months ago it would have been unthinkable – historic, but with a small ‘h’, for the obstacles to true reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia are still great. … Yet the path they have launched on is very positive. For Turkey it could mean the removal of an obstacle to its EU membership and the pacification of this zone would open new possibilities for gas and petrol pipelines which supply both Europe and the Western troops in Afghanistan. This is a small step for Turkey and Armenia but a promising one for everyone.”
Détente between Turkey and Armenia is a signal to the EU
Berliner Zeitung, Germany  (12/10/2009) – Following Swiss mediation the foreign ministers of Turkey and Armenia on Saturday signed two protocols dealing with their bilateral relations. The protocols must now be ratified by the two countries’ parliaments. In the left-liberal daily Berliner Zeitung Günter Seufert warns that Europe cannot afford to ignore this signal: “If the country opens its borders to Armenia this also sends an important signal to the EU: the normalisation of diplomatic relations with Yerevan is a clear sign that Turkey has adopted a completely new course in foreign policy. It has changed from a frontier state that during the Cold War was at dispute with all its neighbours to become a regional force of peace. It’s just a pity that at a time when Turkey is enacting its most sensible policies in years France and Germany are seriously calling Turkey’s EU membership into question, and thus weakening the EU in a region that is so important for Europe.”

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