“Our Relations With Turkey Can’t Get Any Worse ” Says Papian

ISTANBUL (Marmara)–In an interview with the Turkish Yeni Bineyl newspaper–Armenian foreign ministry spokesperson Ara Papian said that Armenia’s relations with Turkey can’t be any worse than they are currently.

Papian pointed out that Armenia and the Armenian people would continue the struggle for Genocide recognition–adding that even if Turkey does not recognize the Genocide–other countries such as France and Italy–sooner or later–would do so.

In further elaborating on the Turkish-Armenian relations–Papian said that Armenia and Turkey have never had relations–and that Turkey has always refused normalization of ties. Furthermore–Papian pointed out that Turkey overtly sided with Azerbaijan by providing military and political assistance. The Armenian leader also stated that Turkey keeps maintaining a closed-border policy toward Armenia.

"Our relations can’t be as bad as they are now," commented Papian.

The foreign ministry official said that the Armenian government was not directly tied to efforts in Congress to approve a Genocide recognition resolution. He did point out–however–that Turkey’s refusal to enter into a dialogue with Armenia regarding the Genocide issue–is forcing third party nations to address the matter within their own governmental circles.

"We believe that it is high time that the truth [about the Genocide] be accepted by the world," said Papian–who added that dialogue did not entail a discussion on the Genocide matter–given that the fact a genocide occurred is obvious to all.

Papian said that he believed it was beneficial for third party countries to address the Genocide issue–since the crime against the Armenian people was a crime against humanity–thus carrying with it a universal human rights element.

"If Turkey wants to become a member of the European Union–and if it truly wants to become a democratic country–it will be forced to accept the truth," commented Papian.

The foreign ministry official also touched on threats made by Turkey which include the closure of the air corridor–in the event of the US Congress’ passage of the Genocide bill.

Papian said that if Turkey were to close the corridor–it would affect other nations–including Azerbaijan–since the corridor was mainly used to transport goods and services to and from Turkey–Azerbaijan and other countries.

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