Turkey Signs Historic Accord With Armenia

Countries sign landmark agreement to open border

Sunday, Oct 11, 2009  |  Updated 2:15 AM CDT
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Turkey and Armenia Saturday agreed to open their sealed border and establish diplomatic relations after a century of animosity between the neighboring countries came to an end thanks to mediation from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Turkey and Armenia Saturday agreed to open their sealed border and establish diplomatic relations after a century of animosity between the neighboring countries came to an end thanks to mediation from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers signed the historic accord in the neutral Swiss city of Zurich, where Clinton and Swiss mediators met with the leaders to find a solution to the nations' unrest, which stemmed from World War I, when an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed. Turkey denies genocide, and the accord contains a clause that will allow further investigation of historical records kept about the deaths.

Clinton, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spent hours hashing out the accord, which is designed to reduce tensions in the region.

The accord is pending review by both Turkish and Armenian parliaments.

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