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Armenia-Turkey sign historic deal

Last Updated: Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 00:42

Zeenews Bureau

Zurich: Turkey and Armenia finally signed a historic accord to restore diplomatic ties between the two countries on Saturday. The deal came after a decade of unfriendly atmosphere.

The foreign minister of both the countries signed the deal after the last-minute concerns over the wording of the final statement the parties had to make during the ceremony in Switzerland.

Earlier US Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton abruptly returned to her hotel just before she was to attend the signing ceremony.

"We`re facilitating the two sides on coming to an agreement on the statements they are going to make at the ceremony," said State Department spokesman Ian Kelley.

Diplomats said the Armenians were concerned about wording in the Turkish statement that was to be made after the signing ceremony.

An aide to Clinton was meeting with the Armenians and was talking by telephone with the Turks to work out the problem, said the diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.

With agency inputs

First Published: Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 00:42

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