Genocide Recognition Still on Armenia Foreign Policy Agenda

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Armenia will continue to seek international recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Armenia’s Foreign Minister said in a press conference on Friday.

Sarkisian’s statement does not mean that Armenia will no longer work to have the Armenian Genocide recognized by foreign governmen’s and parliamen’s, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said.

“The genocide issue remains on our agenda,” he said.

“Armenia has repeatedly stated and continues to state that we are ready to establish relations with Turkey without any preconditions,” said Nalbandian. “We are also ready to discuss all issues of interest to the two countries after the establishment of diplomatic relations and opening of the border.”

In a press conference Friday, Sarkisian’s spokesman Samvel Farmanian explained that president’s position and policy on Armenian-Turkish relations are known and have not changed.

He said, however, that Sarkisian is not against any study even of the obvious facts and widely recognized events, but such a study cannot call into question the reality of the facts.” He went on to say that the creation of such commission will make sense only after the Turkey establishes diplomatic relations and drops its blockade.

Otherwise the entire venture may become another way for Turkey to distort the facts and postpone the normalization of relations, he said, stressing that there should be no closed borders in the 21st century, as they are detrimental to regional security and stability.

The idea of setting up such a commission was floated by Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a 2005 letter to then Armenian President Robert Kocharian who rejected this proposal.

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