Armenia needs to talk to Turkey, MP says

April 9, 2021 – 18:15 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net needs to talk to Turkey, Andranik Kocharyan, an Armenian lawmaker from the ruling My Step bloc, told reporters on Friday, April 9.

“I have always said we should at least talk to Turkey. We talked [to each other] during the first war [in Nagorno-] too,” said Kocharyan, who is the head of the parliament’s standing committee on defense and security, Aravot.am reports.

“If we don’t talk, someone else will speak on our behalf. There has been conversation in the past. Do you remember [former President] Serzh Sargsyan playing football (the so-called football diplomacy of 2009 – ed.)? Talking is better than shooting.”

Asked how he thinks that conversation should happen today, Kocharyan said the country’s Foreign Ministry has to answer that question.

In the war against Artsakh (Karabakh), Turkey supported Azerbaijan militarily, also by transferring terrorist mercenaries from the Middle East to fight against Karabakh. Armenia was the first to report on Turkey’s deployment of thousands of Syrian fighters to Azerbaijan. International media publications followed suit, as did reactions from France, Russia, Iran and Syria. The Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army has already unveiled footage from the interrogation of two such terrorists captured on the front.

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