LINKING OF KARABAKH ISSUE WITH NORMALIZATION OF ARMENIAN- TURKISH RELATIONS TO LEAD TO NEGATIVE RESULTS
13.10.2009 18:45 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ The problems in Armenian-Turkish relations should
be speak out openly, Karen Bekaryan , member of the Public Council,
head of the European Integration organization said during the
Yerevan-Ankara-Moscow video-conference "The new geopolitical situation
in the East: Armenian-Turkish rapprochement, problems and realities".
"Our Turkish colleagues are well aware how difficult to establish
any relations with Turkey for a country which underwent Genocide
and is still fighting against its denial. How difficult to establish
relations without preconditions, when Ankara lays down preconditions,
" Karen Bekaryan said.
According to the expert, if Turkey continues to make statements on
Karabakh, it would negatively affect the independence of the settlement
process. "In recent years, it became clear that all statements of
Ankara on the matter make the process of resolving the problem more
radical. Linking the resolution of the Karabakh issue with the process
of normalization of Armenia – Turkey relations could lead to negative
consequences for the two processes, " Karen Bekaryan said.
According to him, it would be nice if Turkey looked at the Karabakh
problem in a different light – the return of Armenian refugees in
Anatolia and granting them compensation. "Only in this case we can
say that Ankara has a moral right to speak about the Azerbaijani
refugees and the return of territories around Karabakh to Azerbaijan",
the expert said.