DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER OF ARMENIA: ARMENIA CAN ALSO MAKE PRECONDITIONS TO TURKEY
ArmInfo. Armenia’s stance is known and has been repeatedly voiced
by the president and foreign minister. It says that the attempts to
link the Armenian-Turkish normalization and the Karabakh process may
hinder both the processes, Shavarsh Kocharyan, Deputy Foreign Minister
of Armenia, said at the Yerevan State University on Wednesday.
He said that in response to Turkey’s preconditions, Armenia can also
set conditions: "If one party begins making preconditions, we can,
naturally, make our fair preconditions such as: recognition of Armenian
Genocide and unilateral opening of the border. Anyway, it remains
to be seen how this process will develop and if Turkey would remain
devoted to the commitments it has assumed," Shavarsh Kocharyan said.
He said that if Turkey refuses from the demands involving Armenia into
the actions that may cast doubt on the fact of Armenian Genocide, or
make it refuse from the efforts for international recognition of the
genocide and make unilateral concessions in the Karabakh conflict’s
settlement, Armenia will consider this as absence of preconditions.
Earlier on December 7 the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan declared in
Washington that the Armenian- Turkish normalizations depends on the
progress in the Karabakh peace process.