Side-by-side the presidents of Turkey and Armenia have watched a World Cup football match in a show of unity.But it had little effect on the home side’s fans – Armenia’s national anthem got the whistle treatment. Pause This is the second time the two have met – last year Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul became the first Turkish leader to visit Yerevan for the initial leg of the world cup clash. That kicked off the so-called “soccer diplomacy”. The long time enemies have recently agreed to reopen their borders and restore relations. The deal signed in Zurich last week could help stabilise the south Caucasus. 1.36 sot “ we need to live with each other and I think we, cooperation, mutual understanding., economic cooperation, questions from the past, mutual, some approach position which is good.” 1.54 The deepest dispute is over history and has yet to be resolved – Armenia alleges that Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians in 1915, the Turks deny the charge. But last night for once it was sport not politics – Turkey won 2:0.
Second leg of Turkish/Armenian soccer diplomacy