External Forces Were Not Behind Oct. 27 Killings Says Oskanian

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian does not share the opinion that any external forces were backing the persons who committed the terrorist act at the National Assembly on October 27.

At a meeting with journalists December 13–Oskanian pointed out that the October 27 killings of Armenia’s leaders slightly threatened the image that Armenia is an island of democracy and stability in the region.

However–relative stability immediately after this shock received a positive assessment on everybody’s part–which is a testimony to the fact that the foundations of democracy in Armenia are more or less right and solid.

At the same time the minister pointed out that developmen’s within the next few months will show Armenia’s ability to remove the black stain left by the October 27 events.

Agreeing that the October 27 events slowed down the processes planned by the Armenia-Diaspora Forum–Oskanian expressed optimism that by early January–"we will intensify the processes again and will be able to create mechanisms next year which will enable us to use the Diaspora’s potential in building up the Armenian nationhood–strengthening democracy and developing economy."

Oskanian also commented on Armenian-Turkish economic relations–saying they were quite extensive and in the process of development.

He pointed out that the trade turnover between Armenia and Turkey has increased as compared to last year. Oskanian stated that the two countries are expanding the sphere of joint activities as well.

Pointing out that Armenian-Turkish relations are quite promising–the Armenian foreign minister stressed that Armenia’s expectations that these economic processes will influence the political ones have not yet been justified. "As before–Turkey binds up the establishmen’s of bilateral relations with the Karabakh settlement," Oskanian said. Although the political atmosphere between the two countries has considerably improved–the political dialogue is continuing.


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