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Kocharian Move on Genocide, Karabag Kills Hopes

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  • Kocharian Move on Genocide, Karabag Kills Hopes

    Zaman Online, Turkey
    May 17 2005

    Kocharian Move on Genocide, Karabag Kills Hopes
    By Selcuk Gultasli
    Published: Tuesday 17, 2005

    Armenian President Robert Kocharian has carried the so-called Armenian
    genocide allegations to the 3rd European Council summit in Poland.

    The summit brought 46 European countries except for Belarus together
    for the first time in history and became the scene of the Kocharian
    claims. The Armenian President made a suggestion to include the Azeri
    land "de facto" Upper Karabag (Karabakh) Republic in Europe. This
    move by Kocharian is interpreted as a blow to expectations for
    dialogue. In his short speech, the Armenian President said they aim for
    international recognition of the so-called Armenian genocide in 1915
    and recognition is in harmony with the European values he claimed. In
    a written statement handed out to reporters, the statement read, "The
    Armenian genocide committed in Ottoman Turkey" took place. He said
    his country has commemorated the 90th year of the genocide and offered
    thanks to the countries recognizing and condemning the genocide. Polan
    as the host of the summit joined those countries before April 24,
    the alleged date of the genocide in 1915.

    Kocharian in his address also referenced the closed Turkish-Armenian
    border and said, they want "a Europe with no blockades and
    immigrants". Touching upon the Upper Karabakh issue as well, the
    Armenian President called the inclusion of the Upper Karabakh Republic
    in Europe. In recent days, he met with Azerbaijan President Ilham
    Aliyev and the meeting was interpreted as an attempt to find a solution
    for the issue. Following the meeting, it was revealed that Kocharian's
    statement regarding the Upper Karabakh was met with surprise.
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