Best way to face up to history is to speak about it – French ambassador to Armenia

16:16 • 17.02.17



Ambassador of France to Armenia Jean François Charpentier made an opening speech at a debate on the future of Armenian-Turkish dialogue and the Armenian Diaspora’s view of the crossroads of international relations.

He highlighted such bilateral dialogues.

The event was organized on the initiative of the Embassy of France in Armenia and Country NGO. Among the participants are Armenian, Turkish and diasporic Armenian political scientists and scholars.

An Armenian-Turkish dialogue had hardly been possible since 1915. It was not until the early 2000s that Armenia and Turkey established interstate contacts due to football diplomacy and Zurich protocols, which have never been put into practice.

Later, however, the contacts were resumed.

The ambassador said he sees an increasingly active Armenian-Turkish dialogue despite the closed border.

“We encourage that approach, as there must be no obstacle for the youth. The best way to face up to history is to speak about it,” he said, stressing the importance of continuing the bilateral contacts.

“That approach is among France’s priorities in the region,” the diplomat added. 





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