Armenian President’s Office effectively said U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was lying, when saying that Serzh Sargsian had called him to ask not to push Armenian Genocide recognition while Armenia-Turkey talks were in progress.
Biden, who was filmed on a hidden camera, had told an Armenian community organizer, that the White House is not ‘backing off’ on Armenian Genocide recognition.
“The Turks have to come to the realization of what the reality is. And what we got to do is, you know, this….the compromise that was going on and being worked at for a while… Tell them that it was the Armenian President that called me and said “Look, do not force this issue now while we are in negotiations. We passed. That’s passed right now, so anyway, reality has a way of intruding,” VP Joe Biden says in the YouTube video published on Tuesday.
The Wednesday statement issued by President Serzh Sarkisian’s press secretary Armen Arzumanian said: “The president of the Republic of Armenia has never called United States Vice President Joe Biden. It was at the latter’s initiative that two telephone conversations took place in 2009 and during those conversations the president of the Republic of Armenia did not, directly or indirectly, make the expression that is ascribed to him on the video.”
Arzumanian also said that the administration of the Armenian president officially gives its consent to publishing the record of the telephone conversation in question.
Needless to say, that if this turned out to be true, it would mean that Serzh Sargsian had betrayed the Armenian Diaspora around the world and would be branded a ‘traitor’ by even those Armenians, who fully support normalization talks with Turkey.
The YouTube Perspective
As far as I can remember, this is the first time Armenian President’s Office is responding to a YouTube video. Mind you, the video was published by an anonymous source, using an anonymous account registered on the same day – October 26th.
Even if the video is genuine, it is clear, that Biden wasn’t aware he was on film. Moreover, his message was meant for the Armenian American voters ahead of key elections. It wasn’t an official statement, or anything. But the Armenian President’s office was literally forced to respond, because the timing of the video’s publication, if not accidental, is very interesting – Serzh Sargsian was heading to Astrakhan for Karabakh talks. The pressure was high, as it turned out, that Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev was invited not just for talks, but also for the opening of a memorial to his father, Heidar Aliyev in Astrakhan. So it looked somewhat humiliating for Armenia’s President to visit Astrakhan. Add to this the Biden video…
YouTube has been giving nightmares and creeps to the Armenian authorities this year. Earlier in Autumn, a video showing hazing in the Army forced the Defense Ministry take steps, a senior officer was discharged from office and will be facing trial. Another video showing a teacher beating a school child in class, resulted in teacher’s hasty resignation. It seems, that there’s a YouTube video ready to come round every other day and make Armenia a transparent country.
Notably, the Army hazing video was published by anonymous YouTube user martimek2008, while the recent anonymous one, sounds very similar – marty8465. The first username is clearly associated with Armenia’s radical opposition movement – Armenian National Congress, headed by First President Levon Ter-Petrossian. Just sayin’…