Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu visited Armenia on December 12 in what Ankara has portrayed as an attempt to jump-start a stalled rapprochement process. But many in Yerevan perceived the trip as designed to counter Armenia’s efforts to win worldwide recognition of the 1915 Ottoman-era mass slaughter of Armenians as genocide.
Davutoğlu’s was the first senior Turkish official to travel to Armenia since the 2009 signings of a framework agreement on reconciliation. Neither the Turkish nor the Armenian parliament has ratified the protocols. Both sides blame the other for the failure of the reconciliation bid.
After years of inactivity, the topic recently reappeared on Turkey’s diplomatic agenda. Davutoğlu said a desire to promote peace in the South Caucasus motivated him to attend a Yerevan gathering of foreign ministers from the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).
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Gayane Abrahamyan is a freelance reporter and editor in Yerevan.