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Recognition Of Armenian Genocide - Precondition Of Turkey Accession To Eu

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    Pan Armenian News
    01.09.2005 05:33

    /PanARMENIAN.Net/ The "April 24" Committee of the Federation of
    Armenian Organizations of the Netherlands submitted a petition on the
    need of inclusion of recognition of the Armenian Genocide and opening
    of the Armenian-Turkish border into the preconditions of Turkey's
    accession to the EU to Chairman of the Standing Commission for
    European Affairs of the Parliament of the Netherlands Van Heteren -
    otherwise the standard of good neighborly relations will not serve
    its purpose. Virtually all parliamentary factions were present at
    the handing of the petition. Dutch FM Bott has raised the issue many
    times, however the standard was not included in the framework document
    of talks on Turkey's accession to the EU. The "April 24" Committee
    petition notes the need to include the issue of recognition of the
    Armenian Genocide by Turkey in the framework document. The petition
    also notes that Turkey keeps denying the Armenian Genocide not only
    inside the country, but also in Europe countries. The Committee
    document also notes that good neighborly relations between countries
    are part of the Copenhagen standard, thereupon Turkey has to open
    borders with Armenia before the start of the talks on accession to the
    EU, which will be followed by establishment of diplomatic relations
    with Armenia. If this is not the case before the beginning of the
    talks, these issues should be included in the framework document,
    reported the Press Service of the Armenian MFA.
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    First Of All - Genocide Recognition



    | 12:48:57 | 01-09-2005 | Politics |

    The commission of April 24 of the Armenian organizations of Netherlands
    sent in a petition to the Chairman of the Standing Commission for
    European Affairs of the Dutch parliament with the demand to include
    the Armenian Genocide recognition and opening of the Armenian-Turkish
    border in the EU-Turkey negotiation agenda.

    The petition says that after the resolution adopted by the EU on
    December 17, 2004 on opening the negotiations with Turkey on October 3,
    2005 Turkey still pursues the Genocide denial policy not only within
    the country but also in the European structures.

    The petition also says that since establishment of normal relations
    with the neighbor states is one of the Copenhagen criteria Turkey
    should open the borders with Armenia till the start of the negotiations
    thus promoting the establishment of diplomatic relations with the
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    • #3
      Armenian Speaker Endorses Turkey For EU Membership

      Armenian Speaker Endorses Turkey For EU Membership

      By Harry Dunphy, Associated Press Writer

      (AP)- The speaker of Armenia's National Assembly said Wednesday he supports neighboring Turkey's application to join the European Union and suggested the eventual accession to the EU of other countries in the South Caucasus.

      "What's wrong with having a neighboring country a member of the EU?" Artur Baghdasarian replied when asked about Turkey's possible entry into the 25-nation organization.

      Baghdasarian, leader of the center-right Orinats Yerkir (Country of Law) party in Armenia's governing coalition, said that if Turkey can comply with EU standards and join the EU, then other countries of the region should seek accession. "I see the future of our region in an expanded EU," he said at a meeting of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a policy research group.

      Baghdasarian was in Washington for talks with State Department officials, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Millennium Challenge Account, a Bush administration aid program for which Armenia was among the first group of qualifying countries. He also said Turkey and Armenia, which do not have diplomatic relations, should "not set barriers to cooperation but sit down and talk, not avoiding past problems but moving forward with constant dialogue."

      The Turks and Armenians have been at odds for decades over the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Armenians at the time of World War I. Armenians say the Ottoman Turks caused the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians in a planned genocide and have demanded that Turkey recognize the killings as genocide. Turkey says the death toll is wildly inflated. Many Turks fear that Armenia is pressing for recognition of the killings as genocide as a step toward making territorial claims against Turkey.

      "The slaughter cannot be forgotten," Baghdasarian said. "That would not be correct." He contended that the Holocaust occurred because Adolf Hitler reasoned the international community had ignored the genocide of the Armenians.

      On another foreign policy issue, he welcomed weekend talks between the presidents of Armenia and neighboring Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. Baghdasarian said a resolution to the decade-old dispute would open the way to increased regional cooperation with the objective of turning the south Caucasus into a unified market. "There has to be compromise on both sides and a solution acceptable to both sides," he said.
      "All truth passes through three stages:
      First, it is ridiculed;
      Second, it is violently opposed; and
      Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

      Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


      • #4
        Premier Concerned About Turkish-azeri Plans To Bypass Armenia


        Mediamax news agency, Yerevan
        6 Sep 05

        Yerevan, 6 September: At a meeting with OSCE chairman-in-office
        Dimitrij Rupel today, Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Markaryan
        expressed his regret about the actions of Azerbaijan and Turkey to
        implement regional projects bypassing Armenia.

        The prime minister spoke about the construction of the
        Kars-Akhalkalaki-Tbilisi railway while the Kars-Gyumri-Akhalkalaki
        railway is ready for operation, the press service of the Armenian
        government told Mediamax today. Markaryan said that such initiatives
        run counter to the spirit of the European Union's New Neighbourhood

        According to the press service of the Armenian government, "sharing the
        prime minister's concern about the issue, the OSCE chairman-in-office
        promised that these problems will be taken into account when the talks
        on Turkey's accession to the EU start". Rupel said that Turkey will
        be asked to normalize relations with Armenia and other countries of
        the region.
        "All truth passes through three stages:
        First, it is ridiculed;
        Second, it is violently opposed; and
        Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

        Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


        • #5
          Baku-tbilisi-ceyhan Is Prospect Of Establishment Of Peace To Armenia


          Pan Armenian News
          06.09.2005 06:55

          /PanARMENIAN.Net/ "We are sure that Azerbaijan will not manage
          to introduce military imbalance to the region," Armenian FM
          Vartan Oskanian stated at a joint news conference with OSCE
          Chairman-in-Office, Slovenian FM Dimitrij Rupel. In his words,
          if Azerbaijan hopes to increase its military potential by using
          the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, this opinion is not true.
          "There is no military solution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict," V.
          Oskanian stated. In the Minister's words, if it were possible to
          decide the issue by force, it would have already been solved, as
          Armenia has twice had military victories. At that he remarked that
          the Armenian party considers Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan from the point of
          view of prospects of establishment of peace, as foreign capital is
          invested in the project and the decision to launch hostilities can
          be made not only by Azerbaijan.
          "All truth passes through three stages:
          First, it is ridiculed;
          Second, it is violently opposed; and
          Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

          Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)