Saturday, March 06, 2010

Bilateral Relations: Difficult for Armenia to begin reconciliation process with Turkey without recognition of the Armenian Genocide

PanARMENIAN.Net - It was difficult for Armenia to begin the reconciliation process with Turkey without recognition of the Armenian Genocide by Turkey. However, Armenia stated that the Genocide recognition by Turkey is not a precondition for launching the process, Edward Nalbandian, Foreign Minister of Armenia told the Armenian Public Television.

"Linking the Armenian Genocide international recognition to the Armenian-Turkish reconciliation is unpromising for Turkey," the foreign minister of Armenia said.

"We have always acted honestly, openly, without ulterior motive, mediators and the countries supporting this process witness it. We stated what we did, and did what we said, " Nalbandian stressed.

Nalbandian refused to comment on those possible consequences to be faced by Turkey if the Armenian-Turkish process would fail, noting that at least the level of trust to Turkey will strongly reduce.

RA Foreign Minister recalled that the Armenian-Turkish reconciliation was initiated by Armenia, and Yerevan received support of the international community on this issue. "The whole world supported us in this process. Our actions are understood by all countries, " the minister said. According to him, in the case of failure Armenia in the worst case will return to the situation before September 6, 2008 (visit of the Turkish President to Yerevan), but with enhanced prestige in the international arena.

Yerevan has been the initiator of the Armenian-Turkish reconciliation, Nalbandian said, while Turkey has always been the responding party, and now Armenia is awaiting a response from Turkey. "We hope this answer would not become a victim of artificial excuses and will be positive," the foreign minister said.

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