(Combined Sources)–Speaking at a roundtable discussion on Armenian-Turkish Relations–ARF Yerevan Office Director Giro Manoyan stressed that relations between the two countries can be normalized only when democracy is established in Turkey–which would inevitably promote scrutiny of internal issues–including its failure to recognize the Armenian genocide.
But he said that simple recognition of the Armenian genocide would be senseless if it did not pose consequences for Turkey–referring to territorial claims by Armenia.
"Armenia’s official position is that the issue is not on our foreign policy agenda. That means it can be on the agenda tomorrow," Manoyan said.
The Armenian government has repeatedly dismissed Turkish deman’s to officially declare that it will never demand any lands in what is now eastern Turkey. Another precondition for normalization of relations with Armenia has been recognition of Turkey’s current borders.
Pointing to past attempts by the Armenian government to compromise with Turkey–Manoyan asserted: "Turkey long ago rejected the possibility of establishing diplomatic relations with our country? neither Armenian nor Turkish society is ready for the resolution of the longstanding conflict? The Turkish authorities and the elite do not accept the fact that there exists a Republic of Armenia."
Manoyan also stressed Turkey’s harmful role in the region: "Look at Turkey’s negative role in the region. It is because of Turkish blockade that the Karabagh conflict has not yet been solved."