Prime Minister Says Armenia Ready to Dialogue with Turkey

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–In an interview with Al Jazeera Television, Armenia’s prime minister Serzh Sarkisian said Armenia was ready to negotiate with Turkey’s new government, pointing out, however, that it was Turkey that closed its borders with Armenia.
Sarkisian told Al Jazeera on Tuesday: "We can’t stay in a situation without having communication and talks with our neighbor because the easiest way of resolving this issue is dialogue and negotiations."
“It is Turkey that makes normalization of ties contingent on conditions, which is absolutely unacceptable to us. I am sure that prime minister Erdogan has now a better chance to solve this issue,’ he said, explaining that Armenia’s never said Turkey must recognize the 1915 genocide as a condition for starting normalization of relations.
“We said and are saying that the genocide did occur, but we also say it is not a reason for Turkey and Armenia to have no relationships, contacts and ties because the easiest way of resolving our problems is dialogue and negotiations,” said Sarkisian.
The Prime Minister reiterated Yerevan’s willingness to negotiate–without conditions–for normalization of relations. He said it was high time to establish diplomatic relations adding also that both nations should have done it several years ago.
According to Sarkisian, absence of normal ties damages both Turkey and Armenia.

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