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Sarkisian complains about 'Turkish blockade'

STRASBOURG - İpek Yezdani | 6/22/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Speakeng at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Armenia’s Sarkisian complains about a ‘Turkish blockade’ and warns of a possible war with Azerbaijan

Armenian President Serge Sarkisian claimed Armenia is under the blockade of Turkey and Azerbaijan, during his address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, while Azerbaijani parliamentarians said they were not able to ask their questions during the session Wednesday.

Regarding a parliamentarian’s question on the threats of the Metzamar Nuclear Plant in Armenia, Sarkisian also said Armenia has no other choice than nuclear energy because of the “blockade” imposed by Turkey.

“This unlawful blockade of Armenia must come to an end. Europe cannot and should not tolerate new dividing lines,” said Sarkisian.

Sarkisian addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe where he also received questions from the European parliamentarians on Wednesday. However Turkish parliamentarians did not pose any questions to Sarkisian during the session, mainly because the Turkish delegation made a unanimous decision to not ask any questions to the Armenian President, Hürriyet Daily News has learned.

War possibility

Five Azerbaijani parliamentarians submitted their names for the list of the parliamentarians to ask questions.

“We made our request to ask questions two weeks ago, however our names were put at the bottom of the list, so we were not able to ask any questions due to time limitations,” an Azerbaijani parliamentarian, Rafael Huseyinov told Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review on Wednesday.

Armenian President said the Armenian-Turkish normalization process ended up in a “deadlock.” Sarkisian also blamed Turkey for not recognizing the 1915 events as “genocide.”

“Turkey still not only fails to recognize, but also denies the genocide conducted by the Ottomans in 1915. We are determined not to leave this issue unsolved for the next generations,” Sarkisian said.

Speaking about Azerbaijan, Sarkisian claimed there were xenophobia, racism and extreme nationalism in Azerbaijan against Armenia. Sarkisian also claimed Azerbaijan is becoming more armed and ready for a possible war with Armenia, adding that the casualties would be much greater for both Armenia and Azerbaijan if a war occurred now.

The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan will meet next Saturday in Kazan in Russia at a meeting brokered by Russian President Dimitri Medvedev, one of the mediators of the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, an Azeri territory occupied by Yerevan.

Sarkisian also said Nagorno-Karabagh remained as a part Europe. “It would be more logical for the Council of Europe to engage with Karabagh before discussing the statue of Karabagh”, Sarkisian claimed. “Indigenous Armenian people live in Karabagh for centuries, no one may question the right of the people of Karabagh to live in their land freely and decide their destiny,” Sarkisian said.

Besides five political groups who imposed questions to Sarkisian, an Armenian parliamentarian from the Armenian opposition Heritage Party, Zaruhi Postanjyan asked a critical question to the Armenian President.

“There is a an authoritarian regime in Armenia,” said Postanjyan and asked Sarkisian when they will make the real reforms.

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