Deputy NA Speaker Hovhannisian Says Europe Must be Tough with Turkey

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–The deputy speaker of Armenia’s parliament Vahan Hovhannissian told a press conference on Monday that if Europe seeks stability and peace in the South Caucasus–it must be tough with Turkey–and request implementation of certain criteria before granting it full membership to the European Union (EU). These would include a resolution of the Cyprus and Kurdish issues–as well as recognition of the Armenian genocide–he stressed.

What is most incredulous–Hovhannisian said–is Turkey’s occupation of an EU member country–which it refuses to recognize.

Hovhannisian pointed to Turkey’s non-compliance on a myriad of issues and its tough stance with Europe–saying that this sets a "dangerous example for Azerbaijan," which is also showing signs of refusing to cooperate–this time with the OSCE and Armenia.

He said that though European political forces understand Turkey’s refusal to recognize the Armenian genocide is dangerous–he explained that Armenia must nevertheless aggressively advance the issue. "We must share our position with the Europeans; we cannot rely on Euro officials."

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