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Georgian Sports Ministry will prevent incidents at Chikhura vs. Neftchi match

The Georgian Minister for Youth and Sports Levan Kipiani said that his ministry had an urgent meeting with the Football Federation yesterday. He noted that the problem that occurred at the first match between the football clubs Chikhura (Sachkhere) and Neftchi (Baku) will not happen again, Georgia Online reports.

World press on Turkish-Armenian relations (April 24, 2014)

"When President Abdullah Gül decided in 2008 to watch the match between the national football teams of Turkey and Armenia for the European Cup, together with Armenian President Serzh Sargsian in Yerevan, it was a big deal," an article by Murat Yetkin published by Hürriyet Daily News reads. "There was hope on the horizon for trying to leave behind the deep conflict between the two nations over the mass killing of Armenians during the First World War, in the last years of the six-century-long Ottoman Empire," the author writes. 

Turkey removes mines on the border with Armenia

Turkey removes mines on the border with Armenia

The Turkish authorities have decided to demine border areas in the east.Three-quarters of the cost of demining is to be covered by the European Union, the Turkish newspaper Aksam reports.Clearing border territories is already held jointly by the Interior Ministry and the Turkish General Staff. A territory of 11 million 665 thousand 641 square meters will be cleared. The mine fence will be replacedby a modern warning system, and any cases of illegal border crossings willbe cut short by 26 observation cars, Turan reports.

Davutoglu in Yerevan: miracle did not happen

Davutoglu in Yerevan: miracle did not happen

The meeting between the Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, and his Armenian counterpart, Edward Nalbandian, was expected to become the main event of the Summit of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation.

Davutoglu: peace in South Caucasus is main objective of Turkey

Davutoglu: peace in South Caucasus is main objective of Turkey

The Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey will use all its power to ensure peace in the South Caucasus. He noted that the main objective of Ankara is not only to open the border with Armenia, but also to achieve a long-term peace in the Caucasus. Davutoglu said that the peace in Ankara is based on three components: relations between Turkey and Armenia; relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia and relations between ethnic Turks and Armenians in the world. 

Turkey and Armenia renew talks under Swiss mediation

Turkey and Armenia renew talks under Swiss mediation

Armenian paper Zhokhovurd says that Turkey and Armenia were secretly having negotiations under Swiss Swiss mediation and US support.Russia and the US are having negotiations in Switzerland to send peacekeepers to the Nagorno-Karabakh area, a conflict zone that plays the key role in the Armenian-Turkish peace process.

Sargsyan congratulates Gul on Republic Day

Sargsyan congratulates Gul on Republic Day

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan congratulated the President of Turkey Abdullah Gul on Republic Day (Turkish national holiday).Among other greetings this one should be considered out of the ordinary, because, as you know, there are still no diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia because of the question of recognition of the "Armenian genocide" in the Ottoman Empire in 1915. Moreover, in 1993 Turkey unilaterally closed the Turkish-Armenian border because of the Karabakh war.

Yerevan needs Georgian pragmatism

Yerevan needs Georgian pragmatism

 David Stepanyan, Yerevan, exclusive to VK Results of the parliamentary elections in Georgia clearly will make some changes in the foreign policy agenda of the South Caucasus

National Committee for Armenian-Turkish Relations closed in Turkey

National Committee for Armenian-Turkish Relations closed in Turkey

Turkey has closed the National Committee for Armenian-Turkish Relations, 1news reports.The committee was founded as part of the Higher Educational Council of Turkey in 2003. It was researching relations of Turkey and Armenia, Armenian culture, politics, history and social structure.The committee consisted of two members of the Higher Educational Council, 7 scientists specialized in the Caucasus and Armenia and 5 non-state experts.

Turkey permits gasoline shipments from Georgia to Nakhchivan

Turkey has permitted transit of gasoline and diesel fuel from Georgia to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, Trend reports.The permission was granted for three years. transit through Turkey may be carried out via railway or road transport.The Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic is surrounded by Iran, Turkey and Armenia. It has had no railway or road connection with Azerbaijan since the 1990s. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict broke links with the republic.