Nov 30 2010

"Just 10 years ago the Armenian question was a taboo in Turkey,
but now our public freely discuses it. The events in the early 20th
century were denied before, and now Turkey does not deny that Armenians
suffered tragic events." stated the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed
Davutoglu in Washington, Voice of America reports.

According to him, to normalize relations with Armenia, Turkey has taken
another step - signing of the protocols- and problems between the two
countries in general did not occur because of Turks and Armenians. The
cause of the Armenian Genocide he blamed on intensification of
nationalist movements in the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

"1915 is an important date for the Armenians, but we must also remember
that in the same year, about 250,000 Turks were killed in just one
battle, and among them was my grandfather. If there were mistakes,
they should be named. We must remember that we are talking about
the historic period, when there was no law and order in Turkey",
said Davutoglu.

Answering the question whether there are any other reasons for
not ratifying the Armenian-Turkish protocols, except the upcoming
parliamentary elections in Turkey and the Karabakh problem, Davutoglu
said: "Unfortunately, the Constitutional Court of Armenia made a
decision to exclude the establishment of a commission of historians
that was important for Turkey."

>>From the perspective of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the
Armenian-Turkish protocols pursued a goal of normalizing relations
between Armenia and Turkey, to achieve better relations between
Armenians and Turks all over the world, bringing stability to the
Caucasus region, in particular, and the resolution of the Karabakh

Davutoglu stressed once again that without the settlement of the
Karabakh problem there will not be any progress in the ratification of
the Protocols. "Even if the Armenian-Turkish protocols are ratified
without an agreement between the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides,
in case of aggravation of the situation Turkey will once again close
the border".

From: A. Papazian