YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—A senior Armenian Revolutionary Federation official said Turkey’s preconditions for normalizing relations with Armenia have increased pressure on Yerevan to make concessions in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, RFE/RL’s Armenian Service reported.
The ARF Bureau political director Giro Manoyan told RFE/RL that Washington and other mediators are pressing parties to agree on the principles of a Karabakh settlement before an October 14 soccer match in Turkey that Ankara hopes Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian will attend.
“Their haste is, in effect, related to Turkey’s precondition that it will not sign a [normalization] agreement with Armenia until there is progress on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue,” Manoyan said.
He said such haste endangers Armenian interests regarding Karabakh “because it does not stem from the logic of the conflict’s resolution.”
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation strongly opposes the resolution framework drafted by American, French, and Russian mediators. The party has also criticized Yerevan’s rapprochement with Turkey, which was initiated by Sarkisian.