Foreign ministry: there are no negotiations between Armenia and Turkey on establishment of diplomatic relations

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YEREVAN, April 19. / ARKA /. There are no negotiations between the authorities of Armenia and Turkey on the establishment of diplomatic relations, Marta Ayvazyan, an adviser to Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Ayvazyan, said today.

Speaking at a news conference she said there were no negotiations at the moment and no negotiations were planned.

She stressed that the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire remains a priority of Yerevan’s foreign policy. “Nothing has changed in our policy,” she added.

During a recent visit to the Armavir province, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated that the long-term program of Armenia should be peace not war. He stated that Armenia has numerous enemies in the region. “But if we have numerous enemies in the region, it means that we are enemies for many in the region,” he said.

In his opinion, Armenia should reconsider its assessment of the region, its behavior, its position in the region, also making sure that others also behave in this way.

Earlier, Secretary of the Security Council Armen Grigoryan said in an interview with Public Television that Armenia should unblock communications not only with Azerbaijan, but also with Turkey.

Turkey officially recognized the Republic of Armenia on December 24, 1991, but still refuses to establish diplomatic relations with it. In 1993, Turkey unilaterally closed its air and land borders with Armenia. The air border was opened in 1995 under pressure from the international community.

The uneasy relationship between the countries is caused by Ankara’s support to Azerbaijan on Karabakh problem and Turkey’s overreaction to international recognition of the 1915 Armenian genocide in Ottoman Empire.

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