May 11 2018

Turkey to consider Armenia’s call to restore relations

Turkey will consider to restore relations, if Armenia leaves behind its hostile attitude towards Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Friday, Anadolu Agency reported.

“If Armenia is leaving behind its years of hostile stance against Turkey, its threat against our territorial integrity, negative attitude towards our borders, leaving behind everything and wanting to open a new page, then we will see the details regarding this and respond accordingly,” Yıldırım said to reporters about Armenia's new prime minister, Nikol Pashinian’s call for the establishment of diplomatic relations between two countries.

Pashinian called for restoring the relations between two countries on Wednesday, during a visit to the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Turkey and Azerbaijan closed their borders with Armenia in 1993, due to Nagorno-Karbakh conflict. In 2009, Turkey and Armenia signed two protocols to restore the relations between two countries and open borders, however the agreement collapsed in a short period of time. The recognition of the Armenian genocide is also a source of conflict between Armenia and Turkey. 

"[Turkey] ties this precondition to its relations with another country, [Azerbaijan]. We don't expect them to recognize the genocide either. We show efforts for this issue to gain international recognition. And we do this for this tragedy to not to be repeated again," Pashinian said on Wednesday.