Statements by Turkish Prime-Minister about the deportation of Armenians from Turkey are not acceptable. They do not promote the Armenian-Turkish relations, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in a briefing with Slovakian counterpart Miroslav Laychek, "News-Armenia" agency reported.
On Tuesday Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with British television and radio corporation BBC warned of possible expulsion of 100,000 illegal Armenian migrants from the country if Yerevan does not get rid of the mortgage of the Armenian diaspora", RIA Novosti reported.
Armenian minister stressed that this topic has provoked serious discussion in Turkey. Many people do not understand how such a statement could be made.
"Today I have read an article in the Turkish newspaper. There was a question who was able to advise it and one could say it. Unfortunately, such statements are not made for the first time and lead to very negative consequences," Nalbandian said.
Nalbandian expressed hope that Turkey will have a more realistic approach. They will listen to what the international community and almost all countries in the world are saying that it is necessary to move forward without preconditions.
"It is necessary to move forward and implement the agreements and understandings that were reached between the two parties, rather than threaten Armenia and other countries, blackmail. This is not the way that one can use in a civilized world," Nalbandian said.