ARMENIA WILL NEVER STOP PRESSING FOR ARMENIAN GENOCIDE INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION
30.07.2008 17:49 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Armenia never stopped and will never stop pressing
for international recognition of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated
by the Ottoman Empire, RA Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian told a
news conference in Yerevan today.
"We just want normal relations with our neighbors and stand for
normalization of relations with Turkey without preconditions. President
Sargsyan’s invitation is a good will gesture which never means that
we question the fact of Genocide. We will not make concessions in
recognition of Turkey’s borders or in the Nagorno Karabakh issue
either. Now, we are waiting for Turkey’s response," the Minister said.
Turkey severed its ties and closed its border with Armenia in 1993
as a token of solidarity with Azerbaijan in the Nagorno Karabakh issue.
Ankara also says the normalization of ties depends on Armenia’s formal
recognition of the current borders with Turkey and changing its policy
of calling for worldwide recognition of the Armenian Genocide at the
hands of the Ottoman Empire.
In a sign of readiness to normalize ties, Armenian President Serzh
Sargsyan proposed "a fresh start" in relations with Turkey in an
article published in The Wall Street Journal earlier this month.
Sargsyan also invited Gul to a World Cup qualifying match between
Armenian and Turkish teams on September 6.