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Turkish Ambassador: No Changes In Turkish-Armenian Relations

Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Hulusi Kilic
Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Hulusi Kilic
The Turkish ambassador in Azerbaijan says "there is no progress in the implementation of the road map signed between Turkey and Armenia."

Hulusi Kilic told the APA news agency on June 16 that "Nothing is being done, nothing has changed."

Last month Kilic said that Turkey will not reopen its border with Armenia until the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is resolved, echoing repeated statements by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, even after the Armenian and Turkish Foreign Ministries jointly announced the "road map" agreement in April.

Meanwhile, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon confirmed on June 16 before a U.S. congressional subcommittee that the Turkish-Armenian road map envisages the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the reopening of their border.

In Yerevan last week, Gordon sounded optimistic about normalizing Turkish-Armenian relations, telling RFE/RL: "I think both sides do appreciate that they need to move forward, and I think they are, and I think they will."

Gordon's deputy, Matthew Bryza, has repeatedly also been optimistic on the issue.