Armenia open to normalizing relations with Turkey without preconditions, says Foreign Minister Nalbandian

Armenia is open to normalizing relations with Turkey without any preconditions, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said at a joint press conference with visiting Foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Kotzias.

Minister Nalbandian said he hopes Turkey will once adopt a similar stance and will respect the agreements reached.

Minister Nalbandian reminded about the Armenian President’s initiative to normalize relations with Turkey without preconditions, which the latter turned down. “Although two protocols were signed, Turkey refused to ratify and implement those,” he said.

Minister Nalbandian said that “as a nation subjected to the first genocide of the 20th century, Armenia feels obliged to make efforts to prevent new genocides, new crimes against humanity.”

“We are taking steps on different international platforms, including the UN in that direction,” Minister Nalabdnian said, adding that a number of resolutions have already been adopted.

The Minister reminded that the UN recently accepted Armenia’s initiative to proclaim December 9 as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime.