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Turkey-Armenia breakthrough welcomed

by Pat Coate | April 24, 2009
"This is a big deal, although it's still fragile and the governments have to carry it out . . . Both have held firm and deserve credit."
- Unnamed U.S. official

The US and the European Commission yesterday hailed a breakthrough between Turkey and Armenia that could end one of the most intractable disputes left from the collapse of the Soviet Union, but also called for sustained political effort to break the deadlock.

The agreement sets out a road map for the neighbours to normalise relations "in a mutually satisfactory manner", according to a statement by their foreign ministries and Swiss mediators.

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