Turkish paper claims Ankara will open Armenia border: MFA dismisses the reports

After Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a message to Armenians on the eve of April 24, Turkey is going to take the second step towards normalization of relations with Armenia, Taraf daily reported.

It claimed PM Erdogan had given official instructions to get through with preparations to open Alijan checkpoint on the Armenian border, aiming to normalize its relations with the U.S. and Armenia.

According to Taraf, the purpose of opening the border is to reduce pressures on Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide ahead of its 100th anniversary.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Azeri Press Agency that the reports on the opening of the border were baseless. The Ministry said it will release an official statement in this regard.

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