Etienne Mahcupyan: Armenians’ Pressure on Ankara Not to Work

Etienne Mahcupyan, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu called the conditions for opening the country’s borders with Armenia.

“The borders between Turkey and Armenia can be opened only in the case of batch settlement of Armenian-Turkish and Armenian-Azerbaijani relations,” RIA-Novosti quoted Mahcupyan.

“April 24, 2015 is a very symbolic date, and its approach exacerbates radicalism on this issue in the Armenian environment. They approach it with the uncompromising position,” said the adviser, who himself is an ethnic Armenian.

Mahcupyan does not believe that Turkey will take some kind of action, which would satisfy the requirements of the Armenian side. “With such an approach by the Armenian side, any concessions on the part of Turkey on the genocide matter and opening the borders is impossible,” said Mahcupyan. According to him, any steps on the part of Turkey, if taken, will be only a year later, “because then the passions will subside.”

He recalled that this year for the first time in the history of the country Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed this issue and expressed his condolences and called the events a century ago common pain between the two nations. “It’s a certain level, below which the Turkish side will not fall in any case.”

Between Turkey and Armenia there are currently no diplomatic relations and the 330-km border between the two countries was closed in 1993. It was after the occupation of significant parts of Azerbaijan by the Armenian forces during the Karabakh war.

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