Turkey's premier condemns burning of Turkish flag in Armenia

ANKARA, April 24 (RIA Novosti)

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned on Saturday the
burning of a Turkish flag during a rally on the 95th anniversary of
the mass killing of Armenians by Turks.

Media reports said earlier in the day that a group of Armenian youths
had set fire to a Turkish flag at the start of an event to mark the
1915 massacre.

"This action tramples on international law. They are complicating the
process of the normalization of relations," he said.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a decree on Thursday that put
the ratification of Armenian-Turkish protocols to normalize diplomatic
ties on hold.

Attempts to establish formal diplomatic ties have been strained by
Turkey's support of Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over
Nagorny Karabakh and differing positions on the massacre of ethnic
Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, which Ankara denies was an
act of genocide.