ARF Says Recognition More Political than Moral

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"We believe that first Turkey must recognize the Armenian Genocide–after which one can speak about normal relations," said Political Director of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau Giro Manoyan in a meeting with journalists on April 26.

Manoyan said–the ARF hails the inclusion of the issue of the Genocide recognition on the agenda by current authorities–however–cannot say unequivocally that it shares the approaches of the authorities. In particular–Dashnaktsutiun does not agree with the position assumed by the authorities in terms of readiness to start negotiations with Turkey without preliminary conditions. The approach of the authorities according to which the issue of genocide recognition is turned into a purely moral problem is unacceptable for the party.

For ARF it is more a political than moral issue. The point of the problem is perceived by Turkey that recognition of the Armenian Genocide will entail compensation. According to the speaker–this testifies the circumstance that Turkey already speaks about territorial claims on the part of Armenia.

In connection with the necessity of the opening of the Armenian-Turkish border–Manoyan–condemning Armenia’s blockade by Turkey–stressed that at the same time the ARF is certain that the opening of the border can be advantageous for Armenia.

According to him–the market of the country can be flooded by low-quality and cheap Turkish goods–which will damage the local industry. Manoyan expressed his disagreement with the figure of $500 million–which some Armenia officials cite–speaking about the damage caused to Armenia by the blockade. According to Manoyan–no serious calculations were held by any competent bodies.

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