ARMENIAN GENOCIDE UNDERMINES TURKEY'S IDENTITY: HAIK DEMOYAN

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16:51 ~U 01.02.10

In the last 10 years, the identity crisis in Turkey has deepened, and
it's being expressed in the most dangerous ways: Turkey is seriously
beginning to review the tenets of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Not only
is the Armenian Genocide an issue of Turkey's authority and dignity,
but also it has a serious undermining influence on Turkey's national
and state identity, said Armenian Genocide Institute-Museum Director
Haik Demoyan at a press conference today.

"Turkey's willingness to establish relations with Armenia stems from
Turkey's vulnerability in the near future. That is, those serious
battle cries that Turkey is going to have in the coming 15-20 years,
are going to prompt this country to have zero problems with any of
its neighbors. These are foreign initiatives aimed at easing domestic
challenges and threats in future," said Demoyan.

In his words, Turkey, which has signed the Protocols, is trying,
through its statements and actions, to ensure chaotic situations in
the coming months. But any action that Turkey takes only complicates
the situation this country is in, as after the RA Constitutional
Court's ruling, as it was expected, the world's superpowers did not
support Turkey's statements. In his opinion, this shows that there
is an atmosphere of disappointment in Turkey.

Turkey and its allies have realized that it is useless to expect
compromises from the Armenian side over the Nagorno-Karabakh issue
even if they exert pressure on Armenia.

"The second case of disappointment is that the Turkish side expected
that the international recognition of the [Armenian] Genocide would be
undermined and suspended. We are not witnessing a situation where we
can see how difficult it is for Turkey to open the border and establish
relations with Armenia, but one where we can see how difficult it is
for Turkey to lose Azerbaijan," said Demoyan.