Students of the faculty of Oriental Studies of Yerevan State University focused today during the discussion-seminar on the possibilities, offered in the case of opening the Armenian-Turkish border, as well as prospects and challenges. During the workshop, organized by the initiative of Student Scientific Society of the faculty, two reporters presented their interpretation of the issue, followed by a discussion of the audience.
The chosen topic is highly relevant: it is one of the key provisions of Armenias foreign policy,-noted in her speech the Chairman of the Faculty of Oriental Studies SSS Lilit Poghosyan.
Master of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia Mher Sahakyan focused in his report on the political and economic prospects of opening the Armenian-Turkish border. In his report he used the expression Armenian-Turkish ties, taking into consideration the absence of any relationship.
If Armenia agrees without preconditions to start diplomatic relations with Turkey, Turkey demands from Armenia to withdraw the acceptance of the genocide, to recognize the territorial integrity of modern Turkey, the withdrawal of Armenian troops from the territory of Nagorno Karabakh and the regions under control. In addition, Armenia has never expressed any claims in relation to the territorial integrity of Turkey ,-said Mher Sahakyan.
The audience was particularly interested in the issue of preconditions. According to one audience, negotiations without preconditions are already a prerequisite. It is anticipated that in the process of establishment of relations between these two countries, the parties must make mutual concessions. His ideas of mutual concessions Mr. Sahakyan explained in the following example:
Thus far, the Turkish political forces in their own programs talk about Sevres treaty. You need to be realistic. Even if the Kars Treaty, which we consider to be final, was a bad one for the Armenian side, it is the legal cornerstone, which lies between Armenia and Turkey.
Mher Sahakyan assures that the influence of external forces on the Armenian-Turkish relations has always been. For example, in 1993, the Azerbaijani diplomacy succeeded in persuading Turkey to close the Armenian-Turkish border and to freeze diplomatic ties.
For the sophomore of the Chair of Arabic Studies Aren Grigoryan workshop discussion was a good opportunity to learn detailed information on the topic, to understand the benefits and harms of the opening of the border. I am encouraged by the fact that the speakers are well-trained, knowledgeable people.