Canada Welcomes Armenia-Turkey Agreement on Diplomatic Relations

(No. 304 - October 10, 2009 - 3:45 p.m. EDT) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today welcomed the signing of protocols on diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey.

"Canada is strongly in favour of Armenian-Turkish reconciliation, and welcomes the two governments’ efforts to normalize relations,” said Minister Cannon. “These protocols represent a vital step toward that goal and to opening the border between Armenia and Turkey. They also make an important contribution to enhancing regional peace and security."

Minister Cannon discussed Armenian-Turkish relations during meetings in recent months with the Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers.

"Canada encourages the two countries to continue working toward reconciliation," said the Minister.

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