eliciting ttre same response
as in the
of the independent Republic, when his predecessors Raffi Hovannisian and Vahan Papazian
also made official visits to fugentina. In his meetings with ttre community, Oskanian recognized that the Daspora has reacted with "disil-
lusionment and angef' over the intemal strife and infighting in Yerevan and added that new means have to be developed to communicate with the Diaspora, address Diaspora concems and avoid any deepening of these feelings." Oskanian inaugurated the new headquarters
of the Armenian Embassy in Argentin4 a threefloor well-located building in the residential section of Buenos Aires. The building was purchased and donated by benefactor Edward Seferian. Since 1993, the embassy had been functioning in the offices generously made available by the Boghos Arzoumanian Foundation. The Foreign Minister also presided over the annual gala dinner organized by ttre embassy, headed by energetic arnbassador Ara Aivazian.
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0Ilicials Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian told
visiting European Parliament Chairperson Ursula Schleicher in Yerevan that Turkey's blockade of Armenia is an obstacle to overall European integration, adding that Yerevan's
decadeJong efforts to normalize relations with neighboring Turkey have not been reciprocated by Ankara. "The blockade is causing additional tension and stimulating price increases," said Oskanian. He hoped that as Turkey readies to join the European Union, the European Parliament would press for the normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations, including Turkey's adherence to a 1987 European Parliament decision that Ankara must acknowledge theArmenian Genocide as a condition to join the European Union. On her part, Schleicher said that "no new problems must arise along with Turkey's admission to the European Union, and Turkey must settle all its problems now."
Later in the month, President Robert Kocharian, while meeting a Canadian parliamentary delegation, explained that ArmenianTurkish bilateral relations have two dimensions: historical legacy and the present reality. He said the burdens of history should not be conditions for establishing normal rela-
the present. Referring
Karabakh conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijanis, Kocharian added,'Relations between Armenia and Turkey must not be tied to our relations with a third country." AIM JUNE
Armenian International Magazine | The Big Escape - June 2000