‘We Will Give The Necessary Response to Those Who Covet Our Territories” Says Turkish Minister

ANKARA (Anatolia)–State Minister Suayip Usenmez said on Tuesday–"we do not have a wrongful desire on someone else’s territory–and we will give the necessary response to those who covet our territories."

Usenmez responded to the questions of reporters about the Armenia’s’ claim for territory from Turkey. "They are living in a dream world. We cannot give them even a single pebble. We cannot accept such a claim," he stressed. Usenmez added–"our ancestors sacrificed their lives for the sake of these territories. No one can dare to covet our territories."

In related new–Erzurum Mayor Mahmut Uykusuz reacted–on Wednesday–to the demand of Paruyr Hayrikyan–the chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Armenia–who asked for the annulment of the 1921 Kars Treaty–claiming Armenia gave its territory–namely Kars–Ardahan and Nakhichevan–to Turkey and Azerbaijan.

"Armenian statesmen pursue a foreign policy with Turkish enmity in the 21st century by violating the diplomatic courtesy rules," Uykusuz said. Uykusuz noted that there is not an inch of Turkish territory that can be given to the Armenia’s.

”As the mayor of a city which experienced the Armenian massacre–I am addressing the Armenia’s: Erzurum–Kars and Ardahan are Turkey’s territory for a thousand years and all these lands belong to us."

"The Armenian statesmen will see the reality that the borders cannot be changed by force when they look at their own history,” Uykusuz added.

A similar statement was made by Turkish Foreign ministry envoy Huseyin Diryoz who said that making these types of territorial deman’s do not help in establishing friendly relations between neighboring countries.


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