ANKARA—“Turkey remains committed to normalizing its relations with Armenia,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has stated, while underlining that Turkey will be monitoring Armenia’s “accelerated campaigns” in other countries, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
“There is no change in our willingness for a normalization of relations with Armenia,” Cavusoglu said, adding that Yerevan has “preferred to not positively respond Turkey’s well-intentioned attempts. Instead of aiming to move the normalization process forward, Armenia has chosen to intensify its energies on activities for the anniversary of the 1915 incidents.”
His remarks came Sunday as he responded to questions from lawmakers at the Turkish Parliament’s planning and budget commission.
“2015 is neither a beginning nor an end. Turkey is acting with a long-term strategy and is assessing 2015 coolly, with a broader perspective,” he said.
Efforts to normalized relations between Armenia and Turkey came to a head in 2009 when a set of dangerous protocols were proposed by Turkey, which mandated Armenian concession in Artsakh and the loss of legal claims on Western Armenia in exchange for Turkey ending its illegal blockade of Armenia.
Meanwhile, elaborating on Ankara’s poor relations with Athens, Cavusoglu charged that the attention of the Greek public was being “intentionally” directed to ties with Turkey due to domestic politics in Greece, with upcoming elections in the country set for 2015.