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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

1,000 Armenians Protest Thaw With Turkey

YEREVAN, Armenia — About 1,000 Armenian nationalists protested in the capital, Yerevan, against a historic thaw in relations with neighboring Turkey, underscoring the risks involved in the rapprochement.

Armenia and Turkey said Monday that they had agreed to establish diplomatic relations and open their joint border as part of a plan to end a century of hostility stemming from the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I.

They said they would sign accords after six weeks of domestic consultations, then submit them to their parliaments for ratification.

But nationalists in Armenia say there can be no thaw unless Turkey recognizes the World War I killings and deportations as genocide. Ankara rejects the term, saying many people died on both sides of the conflict.

Police estimated some 1,000 supporters of the nationalist Armenian Revolutionary Federation, known as Dashnaktsutyun, protested outside the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, holding the flags of Armenia and the breakaway mountain region of Nagorno-Karabakh. “This document puts into doubt the Armenian genocide, the question of compensation, and the right to our historical homeland,” said party official Gegham Manukyan.

Turkey said this week that it hoped the border would open by Jan. 1.