Turks, Armenians Clear Snag to Sign Accord

By: Matthew Lee AP Email
By: Matthew Lee AP Email

ZURICH (AP) - Turkey and Armenia have signed an accord to establish diplomatic relations after a century of enmity, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton helped the two sides clear a last-minute snag.

The Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers signed the agreement in the Swiss city of Zurich on Saturday after a late dispute over the final statements they would make.

Officials say Clinton and mediators from Switzerland intervened to help broker a solution.

The accord is expected to win ratification from both nations' parliaments and could lead to a reopening of their border that has been closed for 16 years.

But nationalists on both sides are still seeking to derail implementation of the deal.

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