Turkey Bans Armenian Students from Visiting Artsakh

The opening ceremony of the most recent Pan-Armenian Games held in 2011. The Turkish government is adopting a measure to restrict what Turkish-Armenians can do while in Armenia for next year's games.


ISTANBUL—Armenian students from all over the world will participate in the 6th Pan-Armenian Games to be held in Yerevan next year. Students from Armenian educational establishments of Istanbul are also expected to participate in the event.

Ermenihaber.am reports, quoting Daily Sabah, that the Turkish Ministry of Education has sent a “secret” order to all regional structures not to allow the Armenian students of Istanbul to participate in any events to be organized in Nagorno Karabakh.

The opening of the Armenian-Turkish border is out of the question, a board member of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Mazhar Bagli, said.

According to Trend news agency, Bagli said Turkey “will never take steps aimed against the interests of Azerbaijan.”

“Turkey is willing to have good relations with all neighbor states and always supported the interests of Azerbaijan, never taking any steps against the brotherly nation,” he said.

As to the recent remarks by former Turkish ambassador to Baku, Unal Cevikoz, regarding opening of the border to normalize relations with Armenia, Bagli said that everyone in Turkey “has the right to express views on various issues.”

Turkey closed the border with Armenia in 1993 to support Azerbaijan during the Artsakh liberation war. Guarded by Russian and Armenian troops, it’s currently the only closed border in Europe.

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  1. Harutuyn said:

    We dont need you to open the border for us since you are illegally occupying western Armenian and thw whole world knows about that , so we will open it our selfes you go head deal with your domestic and foreign problems , Arsax is Armenian land and you know my ancestors are from Arsax and this goes back 400 years of our family tree so in relaity there was no azerbejan to begin with azerbejan was created just like the countries were created in the middle east and most of them ended up having a cold frozen spring and azerbejan is not exception from the cold spring so brace your self arab spring is coming to azerbejan…..

  2. Norin said:

    Just travel to a third country and take a connecting flight. This moron needs to go back to the Stone Age.

  3. GeorgeMardig said:

    Aliyev and Erdogan, they will end up destroying their both respective countries, 10 years from now Turkey will end up in several smaller countries, and Azerbaijan will lose more territories.

  4. GeorgeMardig said:

    Closed borders benefits Armenia, Armenia should not deal with Turkey until he agrees to comply with Woodraw Willson’s drawn frontiers

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