Diaspora Can’t be Ignored in Normalization Process, Nalbandian Says

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)–Armenia cannot establish normal relations with Turkey without taking the opinion of the Diaspora into consideration, Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said during an interview with the Turkish BBC service on Tuesday.

“I don’t think there is a real obstacle to the normalization of the relations,” Nalbandian said. “We are first of all waiting for the normalization of relations, the establishment of diplomatic ties and the opening of the border.”

But the opinion of the Diaspora cannot be ignored in the process, he stressed.

“Reconciliation between Armenia and Turkey will not make everyone happy,” he said. “The leaders of the two countries should assume the responsibility and make decisions for the benefit of the two peoples and the region.”

He said that Armenia is ready to establish an intergovernmental commission to “discuss all issues” after full diplomatic relations are established.

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