Yerevan Rebuts Erdogan’s Accusations of ‘Closing the Door’

Spokesman for the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tigran Balayan

YEREVAN—“It is impossible to close a door that is locked from the inside,” Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tigran Balayan said on Wednesday, responding to the latest statement by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing Armenia of closing the door on friendly relations, reports

During his visit to Colombia, Erdogan said Armenia closed “the door of peace,” while criticizing Yerevan’s rejection of Ankara’s invitation to representatives of the country to attend war commemoration ceremonies in Turkey on April 24, the same day that Armenians annually commemorate the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government.

In the past Turkey marked the anniversary of the Gallipoli Battle on March 18, but this year it decided to stage commemoration events on April 24, the day when Armenians around the world will be marking the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.

Months before Erdogan’s invitation, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian had already invited his Turkish counterpart to visit Yerevan on April 24, 2015. Erdogan did not responded to the invitation.


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  1. GB said:

    Rajab Erdoghan plans, for diasporan Turks to make Armenian Genocide on April 24, as a Ramadan style Turkish feast! This crazy man shows his uncontrollable hate toward Armenian Nation!

  2. Vindicated Man said:

    So shameless. They can move historical dates, to fit their present political agendas. This is FRAUD at the highest level. Since this is the reality there, then… What kind of country is Turkey? What kind of people live there?

  3. zarkim said:

    Erdogan is stupid.
    Gallipoli war between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916 was between England and Turkey (Backed by Germans).
    English Officers used Australian soldiers and went to Gallipoli to fight.
    Incompetent English Officers manage to get many Australian soldiers killed.
    This war had nothing to do with Armenia/Turkish relation.
    At the same time during this Gallipoli war, Turkish military was killing innocent Armenian civilians elsewhere.
    Gallipoli memorial is between Turkey and Australia/New Zealand. It has nothing to do with Armenia.
    Stupid Ishaak, Erdogan should know.
    Australian Treasurer, The Hon. Joe Hockey MP | Member for North Sydney has acknowledged the Armenia’s genocide claims.
    You can take a Turkish donkey to Mecca.. When it returns, it will still be a donkey.

    • GeorgeMardig said:

      This Turkish donkey thinks is a special donkey, he thinks after he returns from Mecca he will play piano.