Baku, Azerbaijan, June 2
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Armenia is a hostage of its own lobby, Turkish Hurriyet newspaper quoted the country's parliament speaker Cemil Cicek as saying on June 2.
He underscored that Turkey has several times attempted to restore its relations with Armenia, but to no avail.
"Previously, Turkey's president and foreign minister visited Armenia in order to restore relations between Yerevan and Ankara. But this visit didn't give any results, as the opposite side didn't take any reciprocal steps," the speaker said.
Cicek pointed out that the "Armenian genocide" is one of the barriers in the restoration of Armenian-Turkish relations.
He went on to add that it will be difficult to ensure stability in the South Caucasus region unless the relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan are normalized.
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out "genocide" against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. Armenians, increasing their propaganda of the so-called genocide in the world, have achieved its recognition by parliaments of some countries.
Edited by C.N.