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US interested in seeing progress in Armenia-Turkey normalization - Philip Gordon

12:25, 01.08.2012 Region: World News, Armenia, Turkey Theme: Politics

U.S. is interested in seeing progress in Turkish-Armenian normalization, said Assistant Secretary Philip Gordon.

The official participated in Istanbul press roundtable on Monday to discuss the issues related to Syria and Kurdistan Workers’ Party, State Department’s website said.

“I mentioned I was just last week in the Balkans and Cyprus -- these are also issues that we speak regularly about, coordinate closely on; the Caucasus as well; Turkish-Armenian normalization, which is something that we’re interested in seeing advance; Turkey-Greece, again I was just in Greece,” he said.

One of the issues touched upon during the meeting was freedom of press in Turkey. Gordon said Secretary Clinton is closely following the issue and addressed it during her recent visit.

“She has said publicly that Turkey, like any country, can’t fulfill its democratic promise unless there is free flow of information, that countries are stronger when there’s free expression, and both for the media and for individuals, that’s what the United States system is based on,” he said.




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