Armenia's dream further and further away
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb.25
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Today, on Feb.25, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during his visit to Baku reiterated that Turkey supports Azerbaijan. Cavusoglu said that Armenia should admit its guilt and hopelessness of its situation.
"Turkey and Azerbaijan are working hard for the development and prosperity of the region, however Armenia still remains out of these projects," said Cavusoglu. "If Armenia abandons its aggressive position, releases the occupied Azerbaijani territories, we are ready to see this country in our joint projects."
Tomorrow, on February 26, Turkish foreign minister within the framework of his visit to Azerbaijan together with President Ilham Aliyev, will visit the monument to the victims of Khojaly tragedy, which is a clear example of Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan.
Regarding the opening of Turkish-Armenian border (Zurich protocols), Cavusoglu said that Armenia could not pass the sincerity test, so revocation of the protocols from its parliament is of no importance for Turkey, since Armenia has not complied with Turkey's conditions.
One of the paragraphs of the protocol clearly stated that Armenia should withdraw from Azerbaijan's occupied lands for the normalization of the relations.
Ankara has repeatedly stated that the country will not change its policy with respect to Armenia and the events of 1915. However, today Armenia and the Armenian lobby hope that under the international pressure, Ankara will recognize the 1915 events as "genocide". Apparently, these events are the alternative source of income for Armenia.
Turkish authorities have already said that the events of 1915 were a difficult time not only for Armenians, but also for Arabs, Kurds and representatives of other nations living in the country. But for some reason, namely Armenians, are seeking financial benefits from the events which took place a century ago.
The analysis of the Turkish-Armenian relations after signing the protocols in 2009 suggests that despite Armenia's hopes, there were no progress in the relations between the two countries. At least because, Ankara will not change relations with Azerbaijan to the relations with Armenia.
Today, there are forces in both Armenia and Turkey, which periodically "do artificial respiration" for the Armenian-Turkish relations, presenting them as very essential to the economies of the two countries.
It should be noted that currently the economic relations between Turkey and Armenia are realized through Georgia, but even that doesn't save Armenia.
No matter how much Armenia and the Armenian lobby try to make Turkey recognize the 1915 events as "genocide", Turkey will never do that.
Recognition of the 1915 events as "genocide" is only a dream that Armenia is chasing. If Armenia and the Armenian lobby don't change their positions with regard to the 1915 events, they will have to chase this dream for another hundred years.
Edited by SI
Rufiz Hafizoglu is the head of Trend Agency's Arabic news service, follow him on Twitter: @rhafizoglu