Armenia against Turkey’s presidency in OSCE – premier

Armenia against Turkey’s presidency in OSCE – premier

17 Mar 04


Armenia is against Turkey’s presidency in the OSCE in 2007, Prime
Minister Andranik Markaryan told the visiting OSCE chairman-in-office,
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passi.

According to the Armenian prime minister, Yerevan can reconsider this
position only if Turkey establishes full diplomatic relations with
Armenia and opens its borders.

Andranik Markaryan stressed the importance of establishing cooperation
with Turkey without any preconditions and prejudiced attitude. He said
that the Armenian and Turkish peoples are neighbours who have to live
side by side, and the sooner the existing differences are narrowed and
the more there is good will to do that, the better for both sides.

However, Andranik Markaryan said Turkey is reluctant to accept this
simple fact.