“We were butchered by the same barbarian”

Greece -- President Karolos Papoulias (L) greets his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian in Athens, 18Jan2010.

Greece -- President Karolos Papoulias (L) greets his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian in Athens, 18Jan2010.

Presidents Karolos Papoulias of Greece and Serzh Sarkisian of Armenia strongly criticized Turkey as they met in Athens on Tuesday.

Papoulias told Sarkisian that the two nations were “butchered” by their common arch-foe in their past. “We were butchered by the same barbarian,” he said, according to the AFP news agency.

Following statements in the Cyprus parliament a day before, Sarkisian, for his part, again blamed Ankara for the collapse of the Western-backed Turkish-Armenian agreements that envisaged the normalization of bilateral ties.

Sarkissian has been striking increasingly anti-Turkish chords over the past 6-7 months. However, the visits to Cyprus and Greece and the context, within which Armenian president made this fresh round of critical statements about Turkey, seem to indicate, that the Armenian authorities have lost all hope of normalizing relations with Turkey and are now burning the last standing bridges.

This comes two years after Sarkissian himself initiated the dramatic Turkish-Armenian rapprochement that began with Gul’s historic September 2008 visit to Yerevan. The Turkish president was invited by Sarkisian to attend a first-ever game between the two countries’ national soccer teams.

Turkey -- President Abdullah Gul (R) speaks with his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian during the World Cup 2010 qualifying football match between Turkey and Armenia in Bursa, 14Oct2009

Turkey -- President Abdullah Gul (R) speaks with his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian during the World Cup 2010 qualifying football match between Turkey and Armenia in Bursa, 14Oct2009

The two leaders watched the return leg of the match in the Turkish city of Bursa a year later. “We are not writing history, we are making history,” Gul declared during their talks held there.

The process culminated by the signing of Armenian-Turkish normalization protocols in Zurich in October 2009.

The normalization process fizzled out in the following months as Ankara reverted to its Karabakh linkage and protested against the Armenian Constitutional Court’s interpretation of the Western-backed agreements.

Sarkisian responded by accusing the Turks of reneging on the deal and freezing its ratification process in the Armenian parliament and eventually halted the ratification of protocols by Armenia.

At the height of Armenian-Turkish rapprochement process, when Sarkissian was happily cheering in Bursa for the Turkish soccer team while they were scoring 2:0 against Armenia, opposition politicians back home were warning about possible diplomatic miscalculations.

Today, we’re seeing a 180 degree turnover of foreign policy and the time is ripe to ask, is everything right with the president’s new calculations?

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9 thoughts on ““We were butchered by the same barbarian”

  1. […]Papoulias told Sarkisian that the two nations were “butchered” by their common arch-foe in their past.[…]

    Wow. That’s some undiplomatic way of saying things. But, again, it’s the president of Greece, not the Prime Minister.

      • Yes, they are in the same shoes as us as far as problems with Turkey (then, again, show me a neighbor of Turkey that doesn’t have issues with them). And I think Armenia, Cyprus and Greece have a military cooperation agreement from the early 90-s. I don’t know what the status of it is. Cypriots were very happy when we kicked the Azeri asses in Karabakh. Finally someone had done to the Turks what they have historically done to us.

  2. {Finally someone had done to the Turks what they have historically done to us.}

    LIKE!

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  4. I think it’s time that we say what we feel instead of being politically correct. Israel and Turkey do/say what they want when they want. Armenian needs to be more aggressive. I’m sick of and tired of countries saying and doing as they please against us.

  5. Don’t forget “Barbarian Turks” performed genocide on my people as well The Assyrians. There hasn’t been a country that Turkey hasn’t offended in some way. Besides the Greeks, Armenians,Assyrians there are the Kurds, Cypriot Greeks, Pontus Greeks, Persians, Russians, Austrians, Balkans, Bulgaria, Circassians and the list is too long. Europe doesn’t want Turkey, their own moslem Arab brothers remember the Ottoman Yoke and Sword, Russia hates them and kicked their ass in the Turko-Russian wars- now their main trading partner wants nothing to do with the sneaky Turk. The Turks are putting in their Gulen Turkish Schools around the world, Iraq, Africa, Lebanon. Turkish education is poor but somehow Turkey is pushing their way into countries by the way of these 1,000+ Turkish Schools. They are dreaming of a return to the Universia Caliphate of the Ottoman
    http://www.gulenschoolsworldwide.blogspot.com

    • “There hasn’t been a country that Turkey hasn’t offended in some way”
      In my country, nationalists have the same mind. “There is no country that supports Turkey in some way, we are all surrounded by enemies.” That was what i was tought in my “poor” national-brainwashing education. There is a campaign of hatred among in the region, i can see we, the Barbarian Turks, are responsible for it. However, i can see that we, the Barbarian Turks, are not the monster but just a part of the circle. As i m the Barbarian and lack of education, i can onlt repeat what my non-evolved ancestors did in the history.
      But what about finding a way of how to break that circle?

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