Turkey and Armenians
Information about Turkey and Armenians.
Turkey's state-driven nationalism has traditionally portrayed Armenians as the enemy. This has led the authorities and much of the population in Turkey to support policies hostile to Armenians.
>> Inside the country, Armenians suffer discrimination and continue to be under special surveillance, in spite of their small number- 60 000 individuals in a country of 65 million.
>> Turkey has blockaded, and refuses to establish diplomatic relations with neighbouring Armenia since 1993.
>> Turkey also conducts overt hate campaigns against Armenians in Europe, some of which involved the use of the international media, of Turkish language media in Europe, and of locally elected Turkish politicians.
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Information about the relationship between Turkey and Armenians.
By Dr. Tessa Hofmann. A critical assessment of the situation of the Armenian minority in the Turkish Republic.
Turkey has considerable importance for Armenians generally- whether they are citizens of neighbouring Armenia, citizens of the EU of Armenian origin or indeed citizens of the Turkish Republic.
The accession process aims inter alia for the adoption by candidate states of a system of government compatible with EU membership (democracy, the rule of law and good neighbourly relations), and of EU legislation in all fields of EU activity.
About Turkey's EU accession.
This report follows on from the dialogue series seminar, organized by the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) and the Caucasus Institute (CI), on Turkey-Armenia relations in November 2008.
TEPSA, Brussels. On 7 November in Brussels, on the occasion of a meeting of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee and the European Parliament Delegation to the EU-Armenia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, two authors of TEPSA’s study on “The case for opening the Turkish-Armenian border”, presented the results of their work to the Members of the European Parliament.
Nicolas Tavitian's artice published in Eurpean Voice Magazine, April 22, 2010