NICOSIA, ATHENS (Combined Sources)—In speeches and appearance during his visits to Cyprus and Greece, President Serzh Sarkisian accused Turkey of reneging on its international responsibilities saying it “destroyed” the Turkey-Armenia rapprochement process.
Sarkisian, who arrived in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia Sunday, delivered a speech in parliament Monday with significantly harsh words for Turkey and Azerbaijan, accusing the latter's leaders of war-mongering.
“The process initiated by our sincere offer to normalize relations with Turkey, albeit through small steps, quickly came to a halt. Turkey destroyed it with its inconsistent posture, contradictory statements, and baseless manipulation of the process,” explained Sarkisian. “Turkey stepped back from its commitments and not only failed to ratify the signed protocols, but also returned to its pre-normalization position. Our efforts and the efforts of our colleagues actively engaged in the process faced the wall of preconditions.”
The Armenian leader also expressed concern about Turkey's posturing to become a regional power-broker, calling Turkey's foreign policy “New Ottomanism.”“
We must face the truth. Turkey today aspires to become a regional leader by conducting a so-called ‘New Ottomanism' policy. However, regional leadership implies a responsible approach and a responsible way of thinking, rather than practices of coercion or dictate,” said Sarkisian. “What did the Ottoman Empire bring to the peoples under its yoke other than massacres, oppression, and tyranny? Does anyone miss Ottomanism, providing a reason to deliver a ‘New Ottomanism'?”