YEREVAN, JANUARY 29. ARMINFO. Turkey is in the way to joining the European Union and the EU membership means good relations with ones neighbors, Swiss Prime Minister Goran Persson said during his meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan yesterday.
The press-service of the Armenian Government told ARMINFO that the meetings of Armenian and Swiss PMs took place before the beginning of the 3rd plenary session of the International Conference “Prevention of Genocide, Threats and Responsibility” in Stockholm. Delegations from some 60 countries and authoritative international organizations participate in the event. In the course of the meeting Goran Persson thanked the Armenian delegation for its participation in the conference, pointing out that it was very important for its organizers. Swiss PM Persson highly appreciated and called impressive the proposals by Andranik Margaryan at the conference and Armenia’s approaches to the Armenian-Turkish relations. He expressed hope for Turkey to respond to these initiatives and the two countries to find a common side to establish and develop relations, as well as for Turkey opening its boundary with Armenia and the two countries will manage to “look ahead” after the tragic past. In this connection, Goran Persson welcomed Armenia’s readiness for cooperation with its neighbors.
In his turn, Andranik Margaryan presented his Swiss counterpart books dedicated to the Armenian Genocide. He expressed gratitude to the event organizers, including the Swiss Government, for invitation and invited Goran Persson to participate in the international conference dedicated to the Armenian Genocide of 1915 in Ottoman Turkey fixed for 2005 in Armenia. The Swiss diplomat expressed gratitude for the invitation promising to attend the conference if there is such a possibility.