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(DIP) TURKEY, ARMENIA TO CONTINUE TALKS, PM ERDOGAN.

ANKARA, Oct 1, 2009 (TUR) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that Turkey was refreshing and changing its relations with the world, adding that Turkey would continue talks with Armenia to settle problems.

In his televised address to nation, Erdogan said recent protocol on which Turkey and Armenia agreed was a signal to resolve problems.

On August 31, Turkey and Armenia agreed to start their internal political consultations on the establishment of diplomatic ties and development of bilateral relations.

"This protocol will take effect after the Turkish parliament ratifies it," he said. "We will continue our talks to settle problems between the two countries and bring our relations to a neighborly course."

Erdogan said that Turkish government would take care of Azerbaijan's interests in talks with Armenia.

"I believe that this process will end up with a happy ending for Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia and this issue, which had become gangrenous, will be removed from history," he said.

"To this end, we will preserve our priorities and indispensabilities, and continue our peaceful and friendly steps," he added.

Turkey and Armenia agreed to launch internal political consultations over two protocols, which had been agreed on under Swiss mediation. The consultations were to be completed within six weeks which would be followed by ratification at Turkish and Armenian parliaments.

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