WATERTOWN, Mass.—The AYF initiated an online petition on Feb. 1 for Diasporan Armenians to convey their concerns regarding recent developments in Armenia’s foreign policy, as well as to reaffirm their views on Armeno-Turkish relations.
The petition will be sent to His Excellency Tatoul Markarian, the Armenian ambassador to the United States. All Armenians are asked to sign this petition by March 15 by visiting www.armenianpetition.com.
In recent months, the Armenian government has signaled an imminent shift in its posture toward Armeno-Turkish relations. The AYF believes that government’s approach may be significantly at odds with Armenian national interests.
The petition addresses reports of possible concessions being considered by the Armenian government as it seeks to normalize relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan. In it, the AYF asks for the community’s support to stand against:
- A possible bilateral commission to examine the issues surrounding the Armenian Genocide;
- An imminent deal to concede the liberated territories of Artsakh as a precondition for a settlement with Azerbaijan;
- A growing role for Turkey as a broker in the Transcaucasus, and specifically over the Karabagh negotiations.
It is the goal of the AYF Central Executive to bring attention to this very serious matter and initiate a frank discussion within the community.