Turkey Voices Uneasiness Over Poland’s Genocide Resolution

ANKARA (Armenpress)–Reports from Turkey indicated that Turkish President Ahmet Necdet voiced Ankara’s uneasiness over a genocide resolution recently passed by the Polish parliament when meeting yesterday his Polish counterpart Lech Kaczynski in Ankara. However, the Polish president defended his country’s stance, saying that there was sensitivity in Poland over the genocide issue and that it is very difficult for a Polish politician to give a negative response to a "genocide" call, according to the Turkish Daily News. Turkish parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc had sent a letter to his Polish counterpart at the time condemning the Armenian genocide resolution and in a protest move cancelled three parliamentary activities with Poland that year. Kaczynski offered to serve as a mediator between Turkey and Armenia. The Polish president, who was on a three-day visit to Turkey, said that in order to normalize Turkish-Armenian relations, the Embassy of Poland in Ankara or in Yerevan can best represent the interests of Turkey. Although Turkey was the first country to recognize an independent Armenia, it also closed its border with the landlocked country and severed diplomatic ties with Yerevan more than a decade ago over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. "Turkey would strengthen the EU both militarily and economically," said Kaczynski following his meeting with Sezer. Kaczynski and Sezer signed a declaration of cooperation and both leaders expressed hope that trade between the two countries would be increased.

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