Armenia Activists Announce Protest Against Turkish Products

Tsovinar Kostanyan, organizer of ‘Protest against Turkish products’
Tsovinar Kostanyan, organizer of ‘Protest against Turkish products’

Tsovinar Kostanyan, organizer of ‘Protest against Turkish products’

YEREVAN (Panorama.am)—A protest is planned against import and consumption of Turkish products at 12:00 p.m. on April 21 near the government building of Armenia, said organizer of the ‘Protest against Turkish products,’ Tsovinar Kostanyan during a press conference.

“We’re going to read an open letter to the government where our first demand concerns import of food from Turkey. We cannot be sure that Turkey isn’t applying bacterial weapon against us through that food. This is a rather serious issue that needs to be addressed by the state,” she said.

Another organizer of the protest, Arman Ghukasyan, said that from 2008-2014, the total cost for Turkish products was 1.5 billion USD, and since independence the total money has amounted to 2.2 billion USD.

“The fight against products imported from Turkey has always existed, yet after the Four Day War it became more urgent. We’re going to do our best to achieve success. We should also consider that this is a matter of national security and dignity,” Ghukasyan said.

Armenian economist Tatul Manaseryan called on his fellow countrymen urging them to boycott Turkey-made goods saying when Armenians purchase and use their products, they damage themselves both morally and physically.

Manaseryan, who is head of Yerevan-based think tank called ‘Alternative,’ said by doing so Armenians help arm their enemies.

‘The four-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh showed that Turkey is providing financial and military support to Azerbaijan. In fact, they use our money to buy weapons that are used against our troops,’ Manaseryan said.

He proposed to follow Russia’s, who banned imports of Turkish goods after Turks downed a Russian fighter in Syria.

“We do not have diplomatic relations with Turkey, and consequently, any business related to the sale of Turkish goods is illegal. We must refuse Turkish goods, because it is a betrayal of national interests, the economist said.

According to him, the Turkish law prohibits import of products made in Armenia and the Armenian authorities must take similar measures. According to him, instead of trading with Turkey a Armenian businessmen should expand ties with Iranian companies

“The government should first of all encourage micro businesses and exempt them from taxes for at least two years,” he said.

In 2015 Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan recalled from the Armenian parliament the protocols on the normalization of ties and establishment of diplomatic relations with Turkey. Sargsyan said he had asked parliament speaker to return the protocol to him because “the Turkish government has no political will, distorts the spirit and letter of the protocols and continues its policy of setting preconditions.” Sargsyan also said that on the eve of commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey during World War I, “the policy of denial and rewriting history” is getting a renewed impulse in Ankara.

The protocols to normalize ties between Turkey and Armenia were signed in Zurich on Oct. 10, 2009 with the aim of establishing diplomatic relations and opening the two countries’ land border.

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  1. Հայկազ Պետրոսեան said:

    Համաձայն լինելով այս կարծիքին, կուզենայի, որ պետական մակարդակի կիրառուէր այս կարևոր խնդիրը: Թարմ օրինակն ունենք Ռուսաստանը, թէ ինչպէս տնտեսական մեծ հարուած իջեցրեց, իր առևտրական կապը կասեցնելով Թուրքիայի հետ, պարզ այն պատճառով, որ Թուրքիան հարուածեց ռուսական ռազմական օդանաւը: Իսկ մենք ունենք աւելի զօրաւոր պատճառներ, մէկ՝ Ղարաբաղեան հիմնախնդիրը, երկրորդ՝ Ցեղասպանութեան ժխտման խնդիրը երրորդ՝ Հայաստանի սահմանները փակ պահելով և չորրորդ՝ արդէն իսկ թուրքիան ինքը արգիլել է հայկական արտադրանք ներմուծել: Բաւարար պատճառներ չեն, որպէսզի մեր հայրենի բիզնէսմանները հասկանան, միայն կամքի հարց է:
    Մենք շատ լաւ յարաբերութեան մէջ ենք Իրանի հետ և չեմ կարծում այն ինչ որ ներմուծում ենք թուրքիայից չենք կարող գտնել Իրանում:

  2. Hagop Varoujian said:

    I have always been totally against ANY imported goods from turkey. Can Armenia be so desperate? Where’s our national pride? What happened to our values and principles? Also ban holidays to turkey. We’ve survived the genocide, we can surely manage without turkish imports.

  3. Raffi said:

    …..We cannot be sure that Turkey isn’t applying bacterial weapon against us through that food. This is a rather serious issue that needs to be addressed by the state,” she said. ……. nevertheless they may do the same thing with all products shipped to Christian countries EU and US, since Erdogan a fervor extremist Mslim he may consider it an act of love to Islam.

  4. Justme said:

    Another issue that this incompetent government in Armenia hasn’t solved for years! Is it that difficult to come up with a list of Turkish products that we can easily produce or import from another country and simply ban them? It will boost our internal production or at least increase our import from third countries which have normal relation with us.

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