Speaking to the Armenian parliament, Mirzoyan said the normalisation process would take place without preconditions, as reaffirmed by both parties, with the end goal for Armenia being the opening of the border between the two countries.
“You can read everything in the statement made by the representatives,” the minister said, referring to the joint statement released on Feb. 24 by both ministries on the meeting of Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kılıç and Deputy Speaker of the Armenian Parliament Ruben Rubinyan in Vienna.
The February statement by Turkey read:
“The Special Representatives confirmed that the ultimate goal of the negotiations is to achieve full normalization between Türkiye and Armenia, as agreed during their first meeting in Moscow. They exchanged views on possible concrete steps that can be mutually taken to that end and reiterated their agreement to continue the process without preconditions.”
Mirzoyan on Wednesday stressed the difficulty of expecting “very tangible results even from the second meeting”, and said the problem the parties were working to solve went back “decades and centuries”.
Yerevan has not yet made a decision on whether to attend an international forum to be held in Antalya, Turkey in coming days, Mirzoyan said.
In January, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had announced his invitation to his Armenian counterpart to attend the Antalya Diplomacy Forum on March 11-13.
“I hope that you will agree that world events are developing very rapidly and changing every day,” Mirzoyan said. “When the deadline approaches, we will make a decision.”
The first attempt to mend ties between the two neighbours since 2009 started in December with the appointment of Kılıç and Rubinyan as special envoys. The first round was held in Moscow in January, and both parties said it had been conducted in “a positive and constructive atmosphere”.