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Officials Do Not Deny Turkish-Armenian Deal Set For October 13

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian (left) and his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul (file photo)
YEREVAN -- Armenian officials are not denying that the landmark agreements aimed at normalizing Turkish-Armenian relations will be signed on October 13, a date that has been reported in the press, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

In a joint statement issued on August 31, the Armenian and Turkish Foreign ministries said they will sign an agreement within six weeks.

The documents will then go to the parliaments of both countries for approval.

Citing unnamed Turkish diplomats, the Turkish daily "Milliyet" reported on September 17 that the foreign ministers of the two neighboring states will sign the agreements one day before the World Cup qualifying soccer match between Armenia and Turkey.

The Foreign Ministry in Yerevan did not deny the report when asked about it, and Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Burak Ozugergin told AFP that the two countries have "a month" and "the signing will be sometime around this day."

A source close to Armenian diplomats told RFE/RL's Armenian Service that the signing ceremony will probably take place in a third country.