Turkey Blames Armenia over Lack of Ties

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

ANKARA—“Turkey remains committed to normalizing its relations with Armenia,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stated, while underlining that Turkey will be monitoring Armenia’s “accelerated campaigns” in other countries, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

“There is no change in our willingness for a normalization of relations with Armenia,” Cavusoglu said, adding that Yerevan has “preferred to not positively respond Turkey’s well-intentioned attempts. Instead of aiming to move the normalization process forward, Armenia has chosen to intensify its energies on activities for the anniversary of the 1915 incidents.”

His remarks came Sunday as he responded to questions from lawmakers at the Turkish Parliament’s planning and budget commission.

“2015 is neither a beginning nor an end. Turkey is acting with a long-term strategy and is assessing 2015 coolly, with a broader perspective,” he said.

Efforts to normalized relations between Armenia and Turkey came to a head in 2009 when a set of dangerous protocols were proposed by Turkey, which mandated Armenian concession in Artsakh and the loss of legal claims on Western Armenia in exchange for Turkey ending its illegal blockade of Armenia.

Meanwhile, elaborating on Ankara’s poor relations with Athens, Cavusoglu charged that the attention of the Greek public was being “intentionally” directed to ties with Turkey due to domestic politics in Greece, with upcoming elections in the country set for 2015.

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  1. Krikor said:

    Pure unadulterated BS. Who closed the artificial common border between Armenia and Turkey (Western Armenia) ? SO stfu.

  2. Aris said:

    So they set a blockade, deny their crimes against innocent people, support Azeri ethnic cleansing campaigns against Armenians, and then blame Armenia for not being friends? What?? This is sick.

    My grandparents saw their families slaughtered by the Turks. My father and his father had to live in Turkey with a fake identity to survive. Blaming Armenia for a lack of “normalization” is like blaming a Native American for the crime of existing.

  3. Dino Ajemian said:

    Armenians don’t have “claims” to western Armenia/eastern turkey. The Wilson Arbitral Award is still valid and that is what the border is. Armenia should be presenting maps of the official boundary as such and have members of parliament for those territories. No ands, ifs or buts. That is what all Armenians around the world and the Republic of Armenia should be unveiling on April 24th 2015 not just a commemoration . Turkey is an Al Qaida and Islamic State supporter and an enemy of western civilization. The Armenian fight against turkey is the fight of western civilization against Islamic turkey. A worthy defense of western values against the evils of supremacist Islamic turkey. Anyone against this is on the wrong side of history.

  4. Areg said:

    This man looks like Talliat. And the hell to both of them. No one try to mix Turkey and Armenia in the same pocket!

  5. sebastaci Murad said:

    as usual turkey is full of stools…lies & deceit..no one can trust”the sick man of Europe “, “bad turk”.. “Yalan turkler”..”bohdan ishi ousdasi”,NO ONE CAN & WILL TRUST ..this terrorist military controlled Hooligans..
    Shame on turkey & its perpetual lies …”Yote titegh teghin voski …Jenk HAVADAR turkin khoski,,”the turkish republic was founded on lies & deceit…therefore all it can deliver is lies & poison…we should not talk with these subhumans ….

  6. GeorgeMardig said:

    Armenia should not normalize it’s realtions with Turkey until they accept to comply with woodraw willson’s arbitrated agreement

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