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Davutoglu vows full normalization in Armenia ties

Davutoglu vows full normalization in Armenia ties

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday pledged full normalization in ties with neighboring Armenia despite the stalemate in diplomatic efforts to that end, saying relations between the two countries will eventually be better than ever. Speaking at Harvard University, Davutoglu said Ankara's efforts to achieve "zero problems" in its region have resulted in excellent ties with all of its neighbors except for Armenia. "Armenia is the only exception, but one way or another, today or tomorrow, we will achieve this too," he added. "Our relations with Armenia will not only return to normal, they will be better than ever. This is our political commitment." Davutoglu reiterated that normalized Turkish-Armenian relations depend on normalized Armenian ties with Azerbaijan. On the so-called Armenian "genocide" claims, he called events around that time a "tragedy" but said that the stories of both sides should be heard. "The Turkish side is ready to share and discuss," he added. "But the doors shouldn't be closed. One should listen rather than accuse."

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