Armenian Foreign Ministry Comments on Reconciliation Commission With Turkey

YEREVAN–Dziunik Aghajanian–spokeswoman for the Armenian foreign ministry–has said that official Yerevan is "not in any way involved" in the initiative to set up a "reconciliation commission" between Armenia’s and Turks but supports it. The Armenian government Friday welcomed the creation of the commission earlier this week–but it reiterated that a full normalization of relations between the two neighboring states will be impossible without Ankara agreeing to establish diplomatic relations with Yerevan.

"Armenia has always had a positive attitude towards public contacts and dialogue between the two peoples–which allow for the exchange of opinions and discussions on the existing problems," she said. "But it must also be noted that such meetings can never be a substitute for a dialogue on the state level."

A delegation from the Armenian foreign ministry led by Ambassador-at-large David Hovannisian also took part in the Geneva conference which created the commission. Hovannisian is the fourth Armenian member of the reconciliation commission. According to spokeswoman Aghajanian–he did not represent official Yerevan at the Geneva meeting–acting only in his capacity as a professor at Yerevan State University.

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