50,000 Signatures Gathered in Turkey Calling on Sarkisian Not to Visit

BURSA, Turkey–The Confederation of Unions of Public Employees of Turkey (Kamu-Sen) has collected 50,000 signatures from the citizens of Bursa to protest the upcoming visit of Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan to Bursa for a soccer match between the two countries’ national teams on October 14.

Holding a press conference, the provincial chairman of Bursa’s Kamu-Sen, Selcuk Turkoglu invited citizens of Bursa to the game.

Stressing that sport activities create “a nice competition between countries and nations, Turkoglu said that the soccer game has been politicized

“Our invitation for Armenian President Sarksyan is turned into a blackmailing. He said that he would come only if the borders are open. We should not forget that Nagorno-Karabakh was invaded by Armenian army with Russian support,” Turkoglu said. “Armenians held an invasion that is against international laws and they committed a genocide there. Turkey’s border to Armenia is closed because of Nagorno-Karabakh issue till the resolution of the problem within the frames of international norms.”

“As Confederation of Unions of Public Employees of Turkey, we are not against the football game to be held in any city. But we want our government and state to react to the blackmailing of Armenian President Sarkisian about his visit,”

Turkoglu said that they will “show a strong reaction” against the Turkish government if Sarkisian comes to Bursa. “We will not bow to cheap Armenian blackmailing with the signatures that we are collecting here.”

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