The United States, the European Union (EU), Britain and Russia welcomed signing of the protocols envisaging establishment of diplomatic ties and development of relations between Turkey and Armenia.The European Commission released a statement, "the EU welcomes the signature by Armenia and Turkey, in Zurich on October 10, of the two protocols relating to the establishment of diplomatic relations and the development of bilateral relations between the two countries, including the opening of the common border. The European Union encourages Armenia and Turkey to remain committed to the process of normalization and calls for the ratification and implementation the protocols as soon as possible."
"The European Union believes that the full normalization of bilateral relations between Armenia and Turkey would be an important contribution to security, stability and cooperation throughout this crucial region and will continue to offer its political and technical support to this process," it said.
EU Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn, on his part, expressed his hope that Turkey and Armenia would display the same courage to fulfil their commitments stemming from the protocols. He added that the accord would constitute a good model for the region.
British Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw also welcomed the signing of protocols.
He said at a ball hosted by the Turkish-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry in London that he welcomed the progress made in Turkey and Armenia relations and eulogized Turkish President Abdullah Gul's decision to visit Yerevan to watch a soccer game.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia who was also in attendance at the signing ceremony in Zurich, said that his country was ready to support the normalization process between Turkey and Armenia. Russia can support this process with cooperation projects with Turkey and Armenia in the sectors of electricity energy, transportation and communications, he said. Lavrov added that Russian United Energy Systems (UES) company was interested in transportation of electricity energy from Armenia to Turkey while another Russian company was ready to build a railway line between the two countries.
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the United States would do everything it could to build on the "milestone" that Turkey and Armenia achieved by signing protocols establishing diplomatic relations.