TURKEY REFUSES INTERNATIONAL RESCUE MISSION BECAUSE IT PREPARES TO ATTACK KURDS - ARMENIAN ANALYST

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Oct 25 2011
Armenia

YEREVAN. - Turkey refuses the international rescue mission being
offered to eliminate the aftermath of the earthquake because it
is preparing an attack against the Kurds, European Integration NGO
Director Karen Bekaryan stated during a press conference on Tuesday.

"Turkey is continuing to prepare for forceful operations in its
territory and in neighboring Iraq alike. At present, this matter has
become secondary for the international community, but for Turkey,
[and] at least in the initial phase, it has created an opportunity
for unbound operations. Just as it happened during the [Armenian]
Genocide," Bekaryan noted.

In his view, Armenia's readiness to render assistance to Turkey
deserves the highest political appraisal. "As a citizen of Armenia,
I am proud that Armenia, putting aside each and every political
calculation, expressed readiness to help the victims. But on the
political dimension, Turkey's refusal could signal a new wave of
attack against the Kurds. [But] This should not be of concern for
the Kurds living in Armenia and, together with them, for us," Karen
Bekaryan argued.