Armenia Welcomes Polish Offer to Mediate Armenia, Turkey Ties

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenia’s Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian, Tuesday welcomed an offer by visiting Polish Senate Chairman Bogdan Borusevicz’s offer for his country to mediate normalization of Armenian, Turkey relations. Before wrapping up his two-day official visit to Armenia, Borusevicz told journalists that he had suggested that Warsaw represent Armenia’s interests in Turkey and Turkey’s interests in Armenia. "Even though Armenia and Turkey have no diplomatic relations and the border remains closed, Armenia has interests in Turkey and Turkey has interests in Armenia," said Borusevicz, adding that a strong political will and decisive actions were necessary to regulate bilateral relations between the two nations. In response to the Polish official’s offer, Oskanian explained that Armenia was the only country of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation organization that has a representation in Istanbul. This was established in order to ensure that Armenia had a diplomat, through whom relations could be established. "Armenia does not see any problems for establishing contacts with Turkey," the minister said. Referring to Turkish membership to EU, Oskanian noted that Turkey had a long way to go. In the near future, a new report by the EU will be published, negatively assessing the reform process mandated by the EU for Turkey’s membership in the Union, Oskanian said adding that if Turkey followed the preconditions set forth by the EU it would be able to institute a more balanced policy with its neighbors . Borusevicz noted that Poland was in favor of Turkey’s membership in the EU, but added that the membership process may drag out for some 20 years. "Armenia is landlocked and remains isolated… The political situation of the country affects its economic cooperation,’ he said. Armenia’s parliament chairman Tigran Torosian, who was accompanying the Polish official to the press conference said it would be very difficult for Turkey to join the EU, without opening its borders with Armenia. "Regretfully, I am not optimistic about Turkey’s motivations, since for years I have been telling Turkish officials that their official position regarding Armenia was being affected based on the embracing of the improper ideology," said the Borusevicz.

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