YEREVAN (Yerkir)–If Turkey succeeds in gaining European membership it will do everything in its power to close the doors of the European Union to Armenia and use the EU for its own interests. Turkey has stopped at nothing to create obstacles for Armenia and prevent its membership in international organizations or treaties around the world, ARF Bureau Political Director Giro Manoyan told a press conference in Yerevan Friday.
Manoyan’s remarks followed two days of parliamentary hearings about Turkish-Armenian relations, which began on Wednesday.
"Turkey should change before joining the EU. Otherwise, it will be unjustified optimism to hope for any changes after this country is granted membership," he added.
According to Manoyan, the fact that accession talks with Turkey have resumed without approval of all EU member states suggests political calculation by the U.S. and UK. "Thus, membership is not excluded but no reforms will be carried out," he said.