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Internationale Spectator: Tijdschrift voor Internationale Politiek vol:64 issue:1 pages:25-27
Engelse summary (Internationale Spectator):Dirk Rochtus elaborates Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East which is characterized by' zero-problems-with-neighbours'. The new Turkish Ostpolitik includes rapprochement with Armenia. The protocols the foreign ministers of Turkey and Armenia signed on 10 October 2009 do not address the controversial issues: the Armenian genocide and Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan. The former has been buried in a commission of historians, the latter causes anger among radical Turkish nationalists. But reconciliation has to be realized, and that means opening of the Turkish-Armenian border. For Ankara it is important to enter the EU with a clean sheet, for Yerevan to make Armenia as a landlocked state survive.