And now for some good news in the world!

It seems that Armenia and Turkey are moving ever closer to ending decades of hostility. From the New York Times

In a breakthrough that came after a year of tiny steps across a still-sealed border and furtive bilateral talks in Switzerland, the foreign ministries of the two countries said that they would begin talks aimed at producing a formal agreement.

The joint statement said they had agreed “to start political negotiations” but did not touch on when or how some of their more intractable disputes would be addressed, starting with the killing of more than a million Armenians by the Ottoman Turk government from 1915 to 1918, which the Turkish government has denied was genocide.

Reuters offers an excellent run down of the many historical issues that have prevented these bordering countries from ever establishing formal diplomatic ties.  The bottom line is that even though this seems like a very modest step, it could presage the restoration of full diplomatic relations between two historical antagonists.  This is a good thing! 

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