Turkish BSEC Rep. Says “Past Should not Interfere with Future”

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–"I don’t understand what blockade are you talking about. I am only hearing this here," commented the co-chariman of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation summit and Turkish representative Necati Chedinga–regarding the 12-year economic blockade of Armenia by Turkey.

The Turkish leader said that Turkey has always insisted on good-neighborly relations with the countries in the region and has proposed a free-trade zone among the countries in an effort to strengthen the Black Sea economic belt.

In discussing the Armenian Genocide–Chedinga said there would be no need to revisit history–if the events of the past are not "dragged into the future."

"If one side begins criticizing the other–there is sure to be an instance where the other side can find damning evidence against the criticizing side. If we view [these matters] from the perspective of who is right and who is wrong–then such a discussion can drag infinitely.

To assess historical realities is not easy," added the Turkish leader.


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