Delivering Armenian humanitarian aid to quake-hit Turkey through closed land border is “positive signal” in talks – MP


YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 13, ARTSAKHPRESS. Sending humanitarian aid through the closed land border to Turkey is a “positive signal” for the normalization process between Armenia and Turkey, the Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Relations, MP Sargis Khandanyan said at a press briefing. He expressed hope that the Turkish government will be more inclined to the process of opening the land border with Armenia.

The MP said that Armenia, as a normal member of the international community, must always respond to such disasters, especially of this size, offer help and provide it when accepted. Armenia’s goal was to quickly react to the disaster, he said.

Asked about the possible impact of sending aid on the ongoing negotiations between Armenia and Turkey, the MP said: “Certainly there’s that nuance, at least from the perspective of perception. I think that in a sense this is a positive signal. Of course it’s difficult to speak about positive signals in case of disasters of this size, but nevertheless we see that in case of desire the border can be opened and connections can be used. And let’s hope that the government of Turkey will get further inclined in this process and we will see results faster,” Khandanyan said.

Turkey briefly opened its land border with Armenia, which is closed for over 30 years, on February 11 to receive humanitarian aid sent by Armenia following the devastating earthquake.

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