February 26, 2015 - 13:09 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan commented on the Turkish Foreign Minister’s statement, reiterating the country’s calls for concessions over Nagorno Karabakh as a precondition in the reconciliation process.
Earlier, the Turkish official remarked that Ankara always voiced its preconditions for the normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations, with the fact widely known.
As Shavarsh Kocharyan told Tert.am, "as Foreign Minister [Edward] Nalbandian put in his article, published in the "Wall Street Journal" in 2010, on the anniversary of Zurich Protocols, “Our position was reflected in the well-known approach to the unconditional normalization of relations. It was the bottom-line principle for starting the negotiations with Turkey. With this common understanding, we launched and conducted this process and reached the agreements. Since the very start of the process, this approach has been shared by the entire international community, including the Swiss mediators, the UN secretary-general, OSCE, EU, the United States, Russia, France and many other countries.”
And later too, the above-mentioned states and organizations reaffirmed the fact on very different occasions.
It is at least bewildering that the Turkish delegation conducting the negotiations over the Protocols was not aware of the Turkish preconditions, which, according to Cavusoglu, was known to the whole world.
Spreading such false information while speaking about openness is strange, to say the least, but it is, at the same time, characteristic of the Turkish authorities. ”