ALI BABACAN: "US RECOGNITION OF SO-CALLED ARMENIAN GENOCIDE WOULD DAMAGE THE ARMENIA'S DIALOGUE WITH TURKEY AND AZERBAIJAN"

APA
March 3 2009
Azerbaijan

Ankara-APA. Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan acknowledged the
threat of recognizing the so-called "Armenian genocide" by the
United States.

There is a risk in April, Babacan told Aksham newspaper. He confirmed
the Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan's statement that official
recognition of the so-called "Armenian genocide" by the United States
would damage the strategic relations between US and Turkey. "They
know it in the United States. Such developments would damage the
Armenia-Turkey links and negotiation process between Armenia and
Azerbaijan. We are telling it to the Americans openly". Babacan said
they never approached the restoration of the relations with Armenia so
closer like now. "Our relations with Armenians have reached the best
point since 1915. We are very close to the solution of problems. We
can never achieve such chance". Babacan said he would discuss all
these issues with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her
visit to Turkey.