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Armenian Party Threatens Pullout Over Turkey Policy

Opposition leader Vladimir Karapetian called the agreement with Turkey "very dangerous."
YEREVAN -- The recent joint statement by Turkey and Armenia for a normalization of their relations is being met with increasing opposition in Armenia, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

The Armenian Revolutionary Federation--Dashnaktsutiun party on April 23 discussed pulling out of the country's governing coalition, calling the Turkish-Armenian "road map" in a statement "unacceptable and condemnable."

Giro Manoyan, a senior Dashnaktsutiun official, told RFE/RL that in signing the road map, President Serzh Sarkisian has accepted Turkish preconditions on disputed issues such as the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the border closure by Turkey.

Vladimir Karapetian of the main opposition party Armenian National Congress (HAK) told RFE/RL that the agreement is "very dangerous" and "defeatist."

Karapetian accused the Armenian government of assisting Turkey in its efforts to stop the recognition of the Armenian genocide by third countries.

Armen Martirosian, the parliamentary leader of the opposition Heritage (Zharangutiun) party, called the Turkish-Armenian statement "too vague" and a "cause for deep concern."

Eduard Sharmazanov, a spokesman for Sarkisian's Republican Party, dismissed Dashnaktsutiun's criticism as "extreme evaluations."