NEW YORK–Andranik Mihranian–a member of Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission–told Radio Free Europe what went on during the last TARC meeting–that took place in New York.
He said that the first day of the meeting (November 18)–the atmosphere was tense–because some of the Turkish members spoke very badly of not only the future of the commission but also of the Armenian members of the commission. The Armenian side responded sternly saying–"If there is no progress made between Turkey and Armenia–and if the commission’s efforts–somehow disrupt or harm the recognition efforts–the Armenian members will consider resigning from the commission."
Mihranian added that–the Turkish members clearly understood this statement–and hopefully–the meeting will have better results from this point on. Several issues regarding the international genocide recognition have been carefully discussed–which will be included in the concluding joint statement–added Mihranian.
Mihranian did not confirm the addition of a new member to the Armenian delegation of TARC. He stated that Psychologist Dr. Ani Kalajian attended the meetings in New York only as a guest–and "there are still only four permanent Armenian members of TARC."