Shukru Elekdag says Turkey not to grant visa to Armenian citizens

Shukru Elekdag says Turkey not to grant visa to Armenian citizens
# 12 May 2007 09:39 (UTC +04:00)
MP told APA’s bureau that Turkey has to stop granting visa to Armenian citizens for a while as a reply.
“On one hand Armenia demands to open borders with Turkey, but on the other it denies Turkish representatives for visa. This shows Armenia pursues a hypocritical policy. Armenia thinks Turkey is afraid of European Union, as well as the USA and standing this viewpoint it takes such steps. But Ankara is to react to this by all means. Armenian citizens shouldn’t receive visa for a month. It should be Turkey’s message that it is always ready to reply properly. We have to take appropriate measures if we respect ourselves. Armenia doesn’t want Turkey to observe the current situation in the country. Turkish observers should insist on getting visa”, he underscored.
As for the position of the OSCE on the issue, Elekdag considers the organization should support its representatives.
“The OSCE should refuse to observe the elections as Turkish parliamentarians fail to get visa. Armenia feels free to do anything because there is no pressure on it. Armenia thinks Turkey is going to make unilateral concession. That’s why Armenian citizens shouldn’t receive visa to Turkey”, he noted. /APA/
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