Babacan Warns Against ‘Intervention’ in Armenia talks

ANKARA (Hurriyet)–Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Monday any ‘intervention’ by a third party into Turkey’s ongoing talks with Armenia would prove counterproductive.

"The dialogue between our two countries aims at normalizing all bilateral relations and we make progress to that end in each contact. And I do not believe that the intervention of other countries would be constructive," Babacan said in response to questions during a joint press conference with visiting Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin in Ankara.

"As we conduct such important talks all should avoid moves that would damage this process," Babacan said, referring to President Obama’s election pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Turkey has been feverishly trying to dissuade the new US administration from recognizing the Ottoman Turkey’s genocide of its Armenian population between 1915 and 1923, arguing that any recognition would torpedo diplomatic attempts at reconciling relations between Yerevan and Ankara.

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