YEREVAN—“It is impossible to close a door that is locked from the inside,” Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tigran Balayan said on Wednesday, responding to the latest statement by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accusing Armenia of closing the door on friendly relations, reports News.am.
During his visit to Colombia, Erdogan said Armenia closed “the door of peace,” while criticizing Yerevan’s rejection of Ankara’s invitation to representatives of the country to attend war commemoration ceremonies in Turkey on April 24, the same day that Armenians annually commemorate the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government.
In the past Turkey marked the anniversary of the Gallipoli Battle on March 18, but this year it decided to stage commemoration events on April 24, the day when Armenians around the world will be marking the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
Months before Erdogan’s invitation, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian had already invited his Turkish counterpart to visit Yerevan on April 24, 2015. Erdogan did not responded to the invitation.