AYF Initiates Online Petition on Armenia-Turkey Relations

The Armenian Youth Federation’s Eastern Region has initiated an on-line petition through which Diasporan Armenia’s may convey their concern regarding recent developmen’s in Armenia’s foreign policy, as well as reaffirm their views on Armeno-Turkish relations.

This petition will be sent to His Excellency Tatoul Markarian, Armenian Ambassador to the United States. All Armenia’s are asked to sign this petition by March 15th at: http://www.armenianpetition.com

In recent months the Armenian government has signaled an imminent shift in its posture toward Armeno-Turkish relations. For the AYF, this has become cause for serious concern. There have been indications that the government’s approach may be significantly at odds with, what the AYF believes to be, Armenian national interests.

The petition addresses reports of possible concessions being considered by the Armenian government as it seeks to normalize relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan. In it, the AYF asks for support to stand against:

* A possible bilateral commission to examine the issues surrounding the Armenian Genocide;

* An imminent deal to concede the liberated territories of Artsakh as a precondition for a settlement with Azerbaijan.

* A growing role for Turkey as a broker in the Transcaucasus, and specifically over the Karabagh negotiations.

It is the goal of the AYF Central Executive to bring attention to this very serious matter and open a frank discussion of the situation at hand.

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