The Austrian Armenian Committee for Justice and Democracy criticizes Ankara’s policy
The Austrian Armenian Committee for Justice and Democracy criticizes Ankara’s policy –
On the 8th of October 2014, the diplomatic academics of Vienna organized an event hosting the new ambassador of Turkey in Vienna.Among the guests were representatives of Austrian business and diplomatic communities.
The new Turkish ambassador reiterated the willingness of Turkey to join the EU under the slogan: „Turkey in Europe: A common history, a common future“.
He expressed his discontent concerning the EU membership negotiation process, qualifying it with double standard and changing game rules. Furthermore he asked for a concrete homework, Turkey must fulfill prior to EU membership.
The Austrian Armenian Committee for Justice and Democracy was represented by Serge Derhagopian. He raised the question, whether the double standard in EU membership process does not correlate with the Turkish denial of Armenian Genocide and the low credibility of their policy? Also he pointed out, if there is a homework to be done by Turkey, that’s the Armenian Genocide Recognition.
Following this intervention, most of the raised questions were critical towards Turkey (lack of freedom of speech, Cyprus conflict, conflicts with neighbors, conflicts with Kurds and ISIS support).
The Austrian Armenian Committee for Justice and Democracy endeavors, using every opportunity, to play an opinion making role in Austrian community.