Turkey closes border with neighbor, but still claims membership in open-border EU – Armenian president

Turkey closes border with neighbor, but still claims membership in open-border EU – Armenian president

YEREVAN, April 25. /ARKA/. Armenia’s president who was in Czech Republic with an official visit Thursday voiced his position on the 1915 genocide against Armenians at a high-level meeting on Eastern Partnership in Prague, the presidential press office reported.

Sargsyan expressed his gratitude to countries that offered a helping hand to Armenians suffering the tragedy, recognized and condemned the genocide against Armenians.

There is no period of limitation for genocide, the president said stressing the importance of acknowledgment and condemnation ahead of the centennial of the first genocide of XX century.

Sargsyan also said Armenia initiated and authored a number of resolutions to strengthen the legal framework for prevention of genocides within the UNO.

Turkey that is seeking EU membership not only continues its efforts to avoid its past and the responsibility, but imposes denial through various methods to other countries as well, Armenian president said.

The head of Armenia noted that the number of Turks who refuse denial policy of official Ankara and stand next to the truth is growing every year, despite persecution.

“Admitting its history and realizing the consequences is an essential condition for conciliation. We believe another important condition is promotion of human contacts, which is unfortunately, almost impossible when the border is closed”, the president said.

According to Sargsyan, unsettled Armenia-Turkey relations and the last closed border in Europe still are vulnerability factors for all-European security.

“Ironically, Turkey that claims EU membership has closed the border with the neighboring country, despite the fact that borders in the European Union became history long ago and free movement is a fundamental principle”, Armenian president said. –0--

10:45 25.04.2014

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