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Abnormalisation: The bumpy road to Turkish-Armenian rapprochement. CEPS Commentaries, 17 December 2009

Zalewski, Piotr. (2009) Abnormalisation: The bumpy road to Turkish-Armenian rapprochement. CEPS Commentaries, 17 December 2009. [Policy Paper]

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    On 10 October in Zurich, the Armenian and Turkish foreign ministers signed an agreement to establish diplomatic relations and open their common border (closed by the Turks in 1993 out of solidarity with Azerbaijan, with which Armenia was then at war). Four days later Armenian President Serge Sargsyan made good his pledge to visit Turkey for the second leg of a World Cup qualifier between the Turkish and Armenian national teams. Appealing as it may be, implementing Turkey’s 'zero problems with neighbours' policy is often easier said than done. In a region as complex as the Caucasus, where the interests of several powers often intersect and collide, Turkey, for better or worse, will find it hard to be everyone’s best friend. Ankara must set priorities, make difficult choices, and reconcile itself to the fact that it cannot have its cake and eat it. To begin with, it must stop pretending that an opening with Armenia will come at no cost to its relationship with Azerbaijan. By the same token, it should realise that it cannot forever count on a two-thirds discount on Azeri gas. Finally, it must make the case, at home and in Baku, that it can better serve Azerbaijan’s interests by engaging with Armenia than pushing it away.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Azerbaijan
    Countries > Armenia
    Countries > Turkey
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Commentaries
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2010
    Page Range: p. 2
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:34

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