The Turkish Foreign Ministry says Turkey and Armenia have agreed to establish diplomatic ties. Ministry spokesman Burak Ozugergin says the neighboring countries agreed to start discussions leading to agreements for setting up and developing relations for the first time. Ozugergin told The Associated Press on Monday that the negotiations should last for six weeks. He said Turkey and Armenia had reached agreement on setting up ties through mediation by Switzerland.
Hakan Tekin, Consul General of Turkey, Consulate of Los Angeles
Vic Papazian, chair of the Board of Directors for the Armenian National Committee of America - Western Region