Saturday, October 10, 2009

Turkish Republic and Armenia

Turkish Republic is well on her way in becoming a super state in the Middle East and Black Sea/Crimea region.

Following on from active involvement in brokering a peace process between Palestine and Israel, as well as Syria and Saudi Arabia, Turkish Republic is now doggedly pursuing the improvement of relationships with Armenia.

And, finally, there seems to be some some recognition in the international arena for these efforts. BBC claims that both the EU and the US are increasing the pressure on Armenia in "playing ball".

There are 2 main sticky points in improving the relationships between the two countries:
- Armenian claims about so-called killings of Armenians during World War I.
- Armenian occupation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region in Azerbaijan

And, the Turks are calling the Armenian bluff and forcing them to sign a protocol to investigate these allegations of these killings by a jointly formed group of experts with additions from other countries.

Armenians need to remember that they need the Turkish border opened more than Turkey needs it. This is going to be Armenia's main trade route to the West.

And, the Turkish government needs to remember the grim consequences of being sentenced based on some unfounded allegations.