YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—A diplomatic source said that Armenia would not support a request from Turkey to support a bid for the highest leadership post within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, reported PanArmenian.net.
The source told the news agency that Armenia provides support to friendly countries, saying Turkey was not one. “Turkey has applied with a similar request several times before, but was rejected,” the source to PanArmenian.net.
Turkish media reported Monday that Turkish President Abdullah Gul was planning to ask President Serzh Sarkisian for Armenia’s support for Turkey’s candidate for the post of secretary general of the OSCE.
The report, first published by Haberturk, added that Turkey’s candidate Ersin Ercin would personally hand the letter to Sarkisian. This is being characterized by Turkey as a gesture of goodwill toward Armenia.
Ercin faces a challenge from three EU candidates: Ursula Plassnik, the former foreign minister of Austria; Lamberto Zannier, a career Italian diplomat currently in charge of the U.N. mission in Kosovo; and Joao Soares from Portugal, the former head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
Current OSCE Secretary-General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut’s term in office is set to expire in 2011.