BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – Armenia is ready normalization talks with Turkey,  acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told the Armenian Parliament on Thursday, as reported by News.AM.

“I exclude that our government and our people can make any move with the power of force, threats and blockade,” he stated.

“The Republic of Armenia is ready for normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations without preconditions. No one should assess this in a way that we denigrate the issue of international recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The Armenian Genocide is not a matter of Armenian-Turkish relations. It’s not a matter of Armenia but an issue of international security, and it is our contribution to the global movement for the prevention of genocides,” Pashinyan continued.

In response to the closure of the Armenian-Turkish border because of the Karabakh-Nagorno conflict in the 1990’s, Pashinyan said that “it is a bad policy, because if anyone is hopeful that the Republic of Armenia or the people of Karabakh can be forced to accept this or that version of Karabakh settlement by force and threats, he is simply wrong.”

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