Armenia President: Let them return our boys, girls first before talking to Azerbaijan about anything

News.am, Armenia

We are not on an equal footing because let them return our boys and girls first before talking about anything with Azerbaijan, and then we will think about the next step. Armenia’s President Armen Sarkissian on Friday stated this in Tbilisi, Georgia, speaking with Armenian reporters.

"The restoration or normalization of bilateral relations cannot be at the expense of one party—at our expense. I cannot forget the [Armenian] Genocide as history, put it all aside if the other side does not take any steps to recognize [it] or apologize [for it]. When that happens, then we will think, then it will be clear," Sarkissian said.

And asked whether in his opinion US President Joe Biden will use the word "genocide" in his April 24 message, the Armenian President responded: "I have my analysis, and it would be wrong if the President of the Republic of Armenia says that he has expectations. After all, it will be the decision of the US president, not mine. We will give an assessment when the decision is made. I can analyze, but it would not be right for me to voice it."

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“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS