Nalbandian Says Genocide Issue Not Up for Discussion

YEREVAN (Foreign Ministry)–The issue of the Armenian Genocide is not up for discussion during the ongoing negotiations to normalize relations between Armenia and Turkey, Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian said Thursday.

Nalbandian’s commen’s came in response to a reporter’s inquiry about recent statemen’s by Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan saying that Armenia and Turkey had already begun discussion on the events of 1915.

Babacan reportedly said Wednesday that Turkey and Armenia have already begun discussing the events of 1915 and, according to him, “steps that could be taken by third countries on the issue would not bring any good but harm this process,” reported the Associated Press. “We hope parliamentarians, parliamen’s become aware of this process and act responsibly,” Babacan added.

When asked about Babacan’s quote by the Arminfo News Agency on Thursday, Nalbandian said, “I don’t want to believe that the Turkish Foreign Minister can make such a statement, because the Armenian Genocide issue has not been discussed with the Turkish side.”

The Turkish government is attempting to ensure that the U.S. Congress does not pass a resolution recognizing the genocide. On several occasions in recent months, Turkish officials have made statemen’s regarding the discussion between Armenia and Turkey that official Yerevan has declared to be false.

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