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WISE MEN BOARD REPORT

TURKEY-ARMENIA RELATIONS

Prepared by: Assist. Prof. Fatih ÖZBAY

WISE MEN CENTER FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES

Translated by: Hacer ŞARTEPE REPORT NO: 25
İSTANBUL 2011

TURKEY-ARMENIA RELATIONS
WISE MEN BOARD REPORT

Prepared by: Assist. Prof. Fatih ÖZBAY
Translated from Turkish to English by: Hacer ŞARTEPE

Report No: 25

January 2011

TURKEY-ARMENIA RELATIONS
WISE MEN BOARD REPORT

Prepared By: Assist. Prof. Fatih ÖZBAY Translated from Turkish to English by: Hacer ŞARTEPE

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WISE MEN BOARD
President Salim Dervişoğlu (R. Admiral) Vice Presidents İlter Türkmen (Former Minister/Ambassador) Sami Selçuk (Prof. Dr./Honorary President of the Court of Cassation) Board Members Kutlu AKTAŞ (Former Minister/Governor) Özdem SANBERK (R. Ambassador) Oktar ATAMAN (R. General) Necdet Yılmaz TİMUR (R. General) Sabahattin ERGİN (R. Vice Admiral) Nur VERGİN (Prof. Dr.) Orhan GÜVENEN (Prof. Dr.) Ali KARAOSMANOĞLU (Prof. Dr.) Sönmez KÖKSAL (R. Ambassador) Güner ÖZTEK (R. Ambassador) İlter TURAN (Prof. Dr.) Çelik KURTOĞLU (Prof. Dr.) Ersin ONULDURAN (Prof. Dr.)

FOREWORD
Making predictions for the future by closely following developments at home and abroad, conducting scientific research on bilateral and multilateral relations and the security strategies of Turkey, as well as on domestic problems in political, economic, technological, environmental and socio-cultural areas, providing also decision-makers with practical recommendations, policy options, and proposals in line with the national interests are all included in the foundation purposes of Wise Man Center for Strategic Studies (BILGESAM). BILGESAM, with regard to resolutions taken in Wise Men Board’s first meeting, is preparing reports to fulfill the purposes quoted above. This report under the name of “Turkey-Armenia Relations” was prepared by Assist. Prof. Fatih Özbay, Director of the Institute for Caucasus Studies at BILGESAM, and it was negotiated during the 9th Wise Men Board Meeting held on December 17th 2010. The Wise Men, making some additions and revisions, decided upon the publication of this study as part of the reports of the Wise Men Board. The report, in light of the evaluations made by the Wise Men, was reviewed by Bilgehan Emeklier, Security Research specialist at BILGESAM, and the required amendments and editing were applied on the report. It was translated from Turkish to English by Hacer Şartepe and it is available on the website http://www.bilgesam.org/tr I hope this report will positively contribute to the process of Turkey-Armenia relations. I would like to extend my thanks to Salim Dervişoğlu, Retired Admiral and the President of Wise Men Board who led this study with the support of other board members. I also would like to thank Assist. Prof. Fatih Özbay, who prepared the report, Bilgehan Emeklier, who made the required changes and revisions in its Turkish version in compliance with the Wise Men Board, Hacer Şartepe, who translated the report from Turkish to English and lastly Eren Okur, who prepared the report for publication. Assoc. Prof. Atilla SANDIKLI President of BILGESAM

Turkey-Armenia Relations

TURKEY-ARMENIA RELATIONS

INTRODUCTION
Turkey is situated at the crossroads of the regions which are of utmost importance and which pose many problems at the same time. Turkey, as a requirement of continuity in its foreign policy, tries to adopt a...
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