Turkish Businessman Sets Sights on ARF

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Turkish businessman Kaan Soyak–called on the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) on Monday to engage in "dialogue" with Turkey.

"I seriously invite them to Turkey for a dialogue. If Dashnaktsutyun [ARF] agrees to engage in a dialogue with Turkey–I promise you that I will do my best to organize it," Kaan Soyak–one of the two co-chairmen of the Turkish-Armenian Business Council (TABC)–told a news conference in Yerevan.

Soyak failed to elaborate about the subject of his proposed talks–saying only that they could yield "serious results." He also said he thinks the ARF is not as fiercely anti-Turkish as many Turks believe.

"In Turkey–the Dashnaktsutyun [ARF] party has a negative image," Soyak said. "But if you ask for my opinion–I would describe the party and its leaders as very serious and sensible."

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