While paying a visit to Lisbon, Turkish EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkır touched upon normalizing ties between Turkey and Armenia in regard to the mood of optimism witnessed in the last few months.
Underscoring the significance of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s letter on April 24, Bozkır said, “With this letter, we showed that we are turning over a new leaf to heartbreaking events and offer a hand of peace. If [our] counterpart accepts this hand, we may open a new page. It is impossible to walk [together toward] the future of the world with hatred and by killing each other.”
Bozkır was also hopeful for the future of both countries’ relations by taking the urgency of both sides’ tolerance into account. “From now on, it is a must for everyone to live peacefully and leave past incidents behind. We, as the Republic of Turkey, did our bit.” he said.