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    Paper: Impossible for Armenia to demand lands, indemnity from Turkey

    Cumhuriyet, Istanbul
    30 May 04

    Text of unattributed report, "Relations with Yerevan have been
    suspended", published by Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet (Ankara edition)
    on 30 May

    Ankara: The expected "process of normalization" in the Ankara-Yerevan
    relations cannot be started due to the fact that Armenia has not taken
    positive steps in the Nagorno Karabakh problem and its relations with
    Turkey. Ankara states that in the present conditions, establishing
    diplomatic relations and opening the border gate would not come onto
    the agenda.

    Due to the fact that there has not been progress made in the relations,
    the Armenian President Robert Kocharian will not come to Istanbul
    to attend the NATO summit and the statements of the Armenian Prime
    Minister Andranik Magarian related to the land indemnities they demand,
    are not considered to be "friendly" in Ankara.

    The fact that Yerevan has not responded positively to the proposals
    made for the solution of the Nagorno Karabakh problem, which is the
    greatest obstacle preventing stability, and that it has not withdrawn
    from the lands it occupied, are some of the elements of concern in
    Ankara. The fact that Armenia's approach has not changed, indicates
    that normalization in the relations will not be experienced in the

    President Kocharian is not included in the Ternary talks

    Two important developments were experienced in this process. The
    first is the fact that President Kocharian will not attend the NATO
    summit on 28-29 June. Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan were planning
    to get together during or prior to the NATO summit and to discuss the
    Nagorno Karabakh problem and the "proposal for withdrawal in stages"
    brought onto the agenda by the Baku administration. Thus, President
    Kocharian showed that he would not discuss this subject.

    The second development was the statement made last week by Prime
    Minister Magarian. Prime Minister Magarian spoke in the following
    manner: "Problems, such as the Nagorno Karabakh problem, recognition
    of genocide and demanding land indemnity from Ankara can be solved
    with the formation of a powerful Armenian state. If we want to receive
    land indemnity from Ankara, then we should not talk about it loudly

    Taking back some of the provinces in Turkey's Eastern Anatolia
    region is in the Armenian constitution and Agri Mountain is used as
    a symbol. Although Turkey recognized Armenia, it does not establish
    diplomatic relations with Yerevan, which does not change its demands
    and policy, and Turkey does not open its borders. The Turkish and
    Armenian foreign ministers spoke at international meetings last year,
    but could not make any progress.

    "The demand is impossible"

    The ASAM [Eurasian Strategic Research Centre] Chairman Gunduz Aktan
    said that it is impossible for the Armenians to demand lands or
    indemnities from Turkey in accordance with the Lausanne Treaty. Mr
    Aktan, who spoke at the Second Armenian Studies International Congress
    organized jointly by the ATO [Ankara Chamber of Commerce], the ASAM
    and the Armenian Studies Institute, stated that the Lausanne Treaty
    eliminated the land problem and said: "It is legally impossible for
    them to claim either land or indemnity for land."