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President Abdullah Gül (L) shakes hands with Armenian President Serzh Sargisyan (R) in Bursa in this file photo.

President Abdullah Gül (L) shakes hands with Armenian President Serzh Sargisyan (R) in Bursa in this file photo.

Vercihan Ziflioğlu Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr

The Armenian Foreign Ministry and opposition parties have reacted skeptically to the Turkish foreign minister’s recent remarks on reviving the two state’s relations, saying they have “heard this old song before.”

“Four years have passed since the initialing of the Armenian-Turkish protocols and since then the Armenian side has constantly heard the same old song from Ankara about some creative approaches,” Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesman Tigran Balayan told ArmInfo news agency on Oct. 11, referring to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s remarks on the issue. 

“All these statements are nothing other than a permanent attempt by Ankara to veil the Turkish side’s torpedoing of the ratification and implementation of the Armenian-Turkish protocols without preconditions, which is expected by the international community,” Balayan added. 

His statements came a day after Davutoğlu said Turkey was looking for “creative ideas” to develop relations with Armenia, adding that Ankara gave a lot of importance to the normalization of ties.
Davutoğlu also said Turkey would increase efforts on the issue in the coming months. Two politicians from Armenia’s opposition parties also reacted to Davutoğlu’s statements. “Turkey has to take steps showing that it is determined to follow these remarks. But it cannot, because Baku is determining Turkey’s policies on this issue, rather than Ankara,” David Shahnazaryan, the head of Armenian National Congress, told the Hürriyet Daily News yesterday. “Turkey cannot take any steps without taking permission from Baku,” Shahnazaryan also said, adding that Turkey only aimed to “gain time” from the international community with these remarks and would not take any concrete steps. 

Ardashes Shahbazyan, a spokesperson for the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) party, also said even if Davutoğlu was sincere in his remarks, Armenia could not reach an agreement with Ankara as long as Nagorno-Karabakh remained a precondition. “Davutoğlu knows Nagorno-Karabakh will never be the subject of negotiations, but they [Ankara] will often repeat similar remarks, even after 2015 [the 100th anniversary of the 1915 incidents]. Their real aim is not to revive relations,” Shahbazyan said yesterday.


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Avery Avery

10/25/2013 3:05:06 PM

there are no 100K Armnian ctzns in Turkey: the nmber is < 15K. U guys repeating Erdogan lie. 5 million Turks in Europe:if Turkey so good, why so many left it? PPP RoA is $5,900. Not $3000 (proof: CIA Factbook). There is pvrty in RoA, and also in Turkey. “Nearly one-third of Turkish people, 23.6 million, are poor or needy according to a recent report released by the Family and Social Policies Ministry.” (HDN June/07/2013). Starving in Armenia ? A lie. There is starving in Turkey: I can prove it.

strömungs maschine

10/20/2013 7:02:42 PM

@ Raymond Zak , I am not politician but as far as I know it was because of Karabagh and AZ. Karabagh is an issue far beyond a piece of land. I think there won't be peaceful solution in karabagh & normal relation between AR - TR - AZ as long as AZ finds new oil - gas fields and AR approaches Russia , which is happy w/ status quo in Karabagh.Unfortunately both Geopolitics and Gas prices are indeed strategically more important than being good neighbor.

Raymond Zak

10/20/2013 5:04:55 PM

Stormungs: I agree that both countries must speak, but please tell me why are you accusing Armenia instead of Turkey? I don't want to go into the details but why Turkey did not sign the Protocols in Swiss few yrs ago ? We both know that Protocols must be signed without ANY condition, Turkey used NK issue (which had nothing to do with the agreement) and your FM refused to sign.Honestly speaking...it was Turkey not open, do not blame Armenia.Thx for your replies.

strömungs maschine

10/20/2013 2:47:27 PM

@ Raymond Zak, I personally recognize Armenian Genocide. To my mind Turkey should treat with Armenia and pay for its misdeeds and do what needs to be done in order to be forgiven but for this, both countries must speak ! If Armenia is not open to negotiation, nothing can change for the better. By the way you don't tell truth. There are NO million Turks living in Germany illegally.

Raymond Zak

10/20/2013 9:20:26 AM

Diaspora Armenians are working very hard for their compatriots living secure and independent in their homeland . It doesn't take much to understand that, as a result of that more then 20 countries have recognized the Armenian Genocide thru out the world. Turks should take that in account and have a bit more respect to diaspora Armenians because they are the grand children of all those who were perished during in Genocide .BTW They are getting stronger and richer day-by-day,

Raymond Zak

10/20/2013 9:01:20 AM

Stromungs : respect is mutual, right? I have no irrespective comments here what so ever, I'm simply telling the truth, which is the standard of Armenians' life in Armenia regardless how many of them are living in Turkey illegally . Should I remind you how many Turks are illegally living in Germany ? Millions....we all know that , but we never say...ppl are starving in Turkey. Underestimating your neighbours is not right because you might be wrong, as you are ! FYI diaspora Armenians do CARE !!

Turk Uzan

10/20/2013 4:51:33 AM

@ Raymond, I would also like to add. Turkish women don't illegally migrate to Europe. Those who are there migrated there during the late 60's/70's and to some lesser degree in the 90's. The people who went abroad were invited by the host country, many decided and were given permission to stay. Armenia is probably the only country in the world that has more citizens abroad than in the country .. which is telling.

Turk Uzan

10/20/2013 4:48:08 AM

@ Raymond.. Strange because just a day or two ago Sargsyan said otherwise .. I guess you know better than the president of Armenia. In fact to quote Sargasyan he said "Today Armenia is a poor country" and that the average GDP per capita was only about 3000$. I guess you were too busy sleeping when you went to Armenia. BTW armenia doesn't sell electricity to Turkey.

strömungs maschine

10/19/2013 8:39:36 PM

@ Raymond Zak , nothing is correct in your last comment (10/19/2013 7:29:22).. Turkish state doesn't get into dept from USA / EU. If situation is so good in Armenia , why are there so many Armenian (almost 100K ) migrants in Turkey ? I agree with @Turk Uzan that Armernian diaspora doesn't care about hard up Armenian citizens and economical - social predicament in Armenia. please tell truth , if you expect respect..

Raymond Zak

10/19/2013 7:29:22 PM

Turk uzan : Correction. First of all there's no "starving Armenians" in Armenia. I have visited Armenia few times, and I have a news for you,I haven't seen any " poor" ppl ,and as far as women that are in Turkey now turkish women are in all over Europe. Armenian is growing very fast without open borders, without getting billions of dollars from US...but Turkey does.Electricity ? Armenia sales to Turkey if you need more power.My advice? you should visit to Armenia for just once and...
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