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The current Turkey-Armenia Protocols, with their ambiguous wording, are unfavorable to the interests of the Armenian state. What are the motives of the latter? Opening the Turkish Armenian border, while separating Turkey-Armenia relations from a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict?

Apparently, to substitute for this issue not being mentioned, Armenia has conceded for a "sub-commission on the historical dimension to implement a dialogue with the aim to restore mutual confidence between the two nations, including an impartial scientific examination of the historical records and archives to define existing problems and formulate recommendations, in which Armenian, Turkish as well as Swiss and other international experts shall take part.” Such wording should be unacceptable for an Armenian government worthy of the name. What is the goal of Turkish diplomacy, whose excellence cannot be denied, as demonstrated its progress during the recent years, with the impulsion of Recep Erdogan, and reach the following: 
- A recognition of existing borders between Turkey and Armenia; 
- Avoid at all costs that the term genocide is used for the events of 1915-1923.  
- Work in agreement with Azerbaijan for the return of Nagorno-Karabakh under the sovereignty of Baku.

This last point is implicit in the protocols, as Armenia and Turkey reaffirm "their commitment, in their bilateral and international relations, to respect and ensure respect for the principles of equality, sovereignty, non interference in internal affairs of other states, territorial integrity and inviolability of borders”. (underline is mine).

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On April 24

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On this April 24, I have come from Armenia where I live and whose citizen I am, through Syria where I was born, to Lebanon where I’ve always felt at home, to say this.

All of us together live in an interdependent world and we should act like it.
All countries live in a global community and we should all sustain it.
All neighbors should cross borders to build cooperation and understanding, not close them and fuel hostility and fear.

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Turkey’s Missed Opportunity

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Turkey, sadly, seems to be falling into that worst of all diplomatic habits of never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity. But this failure of will and vision is only breeding greater regional instability.

In the two weeks before US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Turkey, there was almost universal optimism that Turkey would open its border with Armenia. But Obama came and went, and the border remained closed.

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Shared Lives

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In My Grandmother (Verso Books, 2008) Fethiye Cetin recounts the life of her grandmother, and mine. Sort of. It turns out we were the cousins divided at birth.

A young girl, living in Anatolia, Eastern Turkey, separated, violently, from parents at an age too young to remember. That’s the story of her grandmother. That’s the story of my grandmother, too. Neither had schooling. Neither had a profession, other than grandmother.

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A Kick-Off for Peace?

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Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's recent invitation to Turkish President Abdullah Gul to visit Yerevan to watch the FIFA football match together was historic. Given the two countries' long-strained relations, this visit would have been remarkable at any time. But coming as it does only one month after the alarming Russian-Georgian confrontation, it may offer real hope that tensions in the volatile Caucasus region can be eased.

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2008 2,364 409,500
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