Reply to Erdogan: Impossible to close door locked from inside

It is impossible to close the door that is locked from inside, Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tigran Balayan said on Wednesday, commenting on the latest statement by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports News.am .

During his visit to Colombia, Erdogan said it was Armenia that closed “the door of peace”.

“We know that the Armenian Diaspora has launched a negative campaign against Turkey. We have spared no efforts for opening a new chapter. On the 100th anniversary we offered to transfer the issue from the political into a scientific level. We have invited [the Armenian president] to Gallipoli on April 24, but Armenia closed the door of peace,” the Turkish leader said.

In the past Turkey marked the anniversary of the Gallipoli Battle on March 18, but this year it decided to stage commemoration events on April 24, the day when Armenians around the world will be marking the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide committed in Ottoman Turkey.

Months before Erdogan’s invitation, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan had already invited his Turkish counterpart to visit Yerevan on April 24, 2015, “to face up to history”. Erdogan has not responded to the invitation yet.