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Statement by Samuel ┼Żbogar on the breakthrough in the negotiations between Turkey and Armenia

The Chairman of the Committee of Ministers welcomed on 1 September the decision of the authorities of Armenia and Turkey to start internal political consultations on two protocols concerning the establishment of diplomatic relations and the development of bilateral relations between them. ''This important decision for a common better future deserves the support of the international community,'' he declared. The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, Samuel ┼Żbogar, expressed his hope that this process will rapidly bring a successful result, so that Armenia and Turkey overcome the wounds of the past and establish normal relations in their mutual interest, in the spirit of the Statute of the Council of Europe.