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In the drawn-out saga over whether to sign, or not to sign, the dime seems to have landed in favor of reconciliation. After a last-minute dispute over wording, Turkey and Armenia met at the table on Saturday and signed a historic agreement to establish normal diplomatic relations and reopen their borders.
The gains made on Saturday came only after frantic, down-to-the-wire diplomacy on the part of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other diplomats as they tried desperately to salvage the deal.
“There were several times I said to all the parties involved, ‘This is too important, this has to be seen through, we have come too far,’ ” Clinton said, although she declined to describe the differences between the two sides.
For the two neighbors, divided by a century of animosity of over the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, the turbulent day was a reminder of how difficult it can be to leave history behind and move forward towards a distinctly different future.