Saturday, October 10, 2009

Turkey and Armenia

In the "wait until next year" camp for the Nobel Peace Prize, Turkey and Armenia have signed the official agreement normalizing their relations:
"Turkey and Armenia have signed a landmark accord to normalize diplomatic ties and end a century of acrimony between the two nations.

"The foreign ministers of both countries signed the accord at the University of Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland. The deal, which calls for the border to be reopened within two months, follows six weeks of negotiations mediated by Switzerland...

"Now signed by Turkey's Ahmet Davutoglu and Armenia's Eduard Nalbandian, the accord must still be approved by both countries' parliaments.

"But a long-standing dispute between Turkey's ally Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh clouds reconciliation efforts."

And yes, I'm being unfair with my opening snark, as the nominations deadline was February 1, and these peace moves only got really serious after that.

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