Armenia and Turkey sign diplomatic ties

An accord between Armenia and Turkey was signed by the foreign ministers of the two countries, Ahmet Davutoğlu and Eduard Nalbandyan, on 10 October 2009.

The signing took place in Zurich, Switzerland. Armenians had protested against the deal and it was delayed for a three-hour period when further disagreements surfaced at the signing over unidentified “unacceptable formulations”, according to Armenia.

One official said it had been “pulled back from the brink”. The deal followed more than one year of talks. It is designed to allow the opening of borders and to set up a formal diplomatic relationship. The signing was attended by Bernard Kouchner, Sergey Lavrov and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the foreign ministers of France, Russia and the United States, respectively.

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