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Turkish and Armenian Rapprochement: Hope or Hoax?

New America Media, Editorial, Hayg Oshagan/Doğu Ergil Posted: Oct 27, 2009

The Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers signed an accord in Zurich on Oct. 10 that reopens the border between the two countries, closed since 1993, and creates a joint historical commission to determine what actually happened in 1915. The deal needs parliamentary approval in both countries, and Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan faces opposition from the Armenian diaspora. Is the agreement between the two countries a step forward or a capitulation? Here are two viewpoints from two academics - one Turkish, one Armenian-American.

armenia-turkey There is good reason why most Armenians, not just those in the Diaspora, are up in arms about the Armenian-Turkish protocol says Hayg Oshagan, professor of at Wayne State University, Detroit. Read why he thinks The Turkey-Armenia Agreement Is a Farce.







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But others differ. The frozen history between Armenia and Turkey has begun to thaw with the signing of the protocols in Zurich on Oct. 10, aiming at initiating diplomatic relations and opening up borders says Doğu Ergil, in an editorial for Today's Zaman, a bilingual Turkish-English weekly. He thinks this accord is a brave step aimed at Reducing Historical Baggage.


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