The assessments and proposals given to Armenian-Turkish relations by President Serge Sarsgyan during his meeting with Armenian community in Moscow and Russian experts have turned into a matter of discussion not only for different international frameworks but also Armenian political figures and the press.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt the word of the leaders of Armenia and Turkey that have no diplomatic relations between each other, is extremely interesting both inside and outside our country. But regrettably some use these announcements as a tool for their new political speculations.
If we compare Serge Sargsyan’s announcement made in Moscow regarding Armenian Turkish relations with the previous ten years’ foreign policy of Armenia, we will see that nothing has been changed in the country’s stance towards Armenian-Turkish relations.
We should remind you that for many years Turkey proclaims that Armenia refuses their proposal to set up a committee of historians to study the “painful issue of the past”.
Armenia in its turn announces what we really need for the normalization of the bilateral relations is to set up an inter-governmental committee to discuss all the issues regarding Armenian Turkish relations including the one put forward by Turkey, in the framework of that committee.
The proposals made by Turkey to set up the committee of historians without any diplomatic relations between the two countries and without opening the borders is simply aimed at pushing back the whole agenda of Armenian Turkish relations, let alone the harm given to the process of the international recognition of Armenian Genocide. Which means a simple trap, by the way for many international diplomats who have little knowledge about the issue, and insist that Armenia accepts the proposal made by Turkey.
To avoid this trap Armenia proposes to set up an inter-governmental committee, to discuss all the issues of dispute, firstly to achieve the establishment of diplomatic relations and opening of the border. Which means our country has never avoided the discussion of the before mentioned issues, in case it doesn’t turn into means to postpone the settlement of urgent-political issues.
That is why touching upon the proposals made by official Ankara to set up a committee of historians Armenian President Serge Sargsyan underscored during his meetings in Moscow: “we can touch upon this issue only after opening Armenian-Turkish border.” Which mean Serge Sargsyan didn’t say “yes” or “no” to the proposal made by Turkey. He simply promised to discuss this issue after the opening of the border.
A question arises here: “What is the difference between this stance and the proposal to set up an inter-governmental committee, previously made by official Yerevan?” The answer is evident: it is clearer and harsher, because it also points out the concrete demand of Armenian side. And only after that is it possible to set up the committee of historians.
Moreover RA President spoke about “touching upon” the before mentioned proposal, which, by the way, doesn’t imply complete agreement.
So where is “the serious jeopardy” in the announcement made by Serge Sargsyan, which forced the center of the “pan-national” movement the assess the announcement made by the President as a “heavy blow” on the process of the international recognition of Armenian Genocide. It is a simple manifestation of a cheap falsification. The part of the announcement saying “we can touch upon that topic only after opening Armenian -Turkish border” has been internationally cut from the bases of “opening the border and the normalization of the relations”.
Which means Armenian authorities allegedly agreed to the proposal made by Turkey to set up a committee of historians, thus giving a “heavy blow” to the process of the recognition of Armenian Genocide.
In our opinion the “pan-national” movement committed a criminally punishable crime by falsifying the essence and the contents of the announcement made by RA President.