Sunday, October 31, 2010

What really happened between Biden and Sargsyan? Is the truth really being told?

The recent YouTube video of Joe Biden telling an Armenian activist to tell his people that Sargsyan told him not to recognize the genocide has taken an interesting turn.

The initial official reaction from Armenia was that Sargsyan has never called Vice President Biden, though Biden had called him twice in April 2009.

I wonder if Biden was on a three-way call when Sargsyan asked the ANC (ARF) not to push  House Resolution 252, which would effectively force the U.S. government to recognize the Genocide. Sargsyan believed that passing such a resolution would hinder negotiations with Turkey. Knowing this, it makes me wonder if Biden was in fact telling the truth and now is stepping down from his statement so Sargsyan will not have fall out that could further damage his already frail hold in office.

And being that I'm really not sure who is telling the truth, I would be interested in hearing that recorded conversation that Armenia has given their approval to have made public.

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Panorama, Armenia
Oct 29 2010

Biden and Sargsyan agreed no precondition to normalize ties between Armenia and Turkey

The U.S. Embassy to Armenia spread information covering the official of the White House which reads:

`The Vice President and President Sargsian spoke twice in April 2009. In these calls, the Vice President told President Sargsian the United States believes that the normalization of relations with Turkey and the opening of borders would provide a path to a better future for Armenia and expressed the support of the United States for his
leadership. The Vice President expressed the Obama Administration's support for a Swiss proposal for a joint Armenia-Turkish statement on progress made toward normalizing relations. President Sargsian did not raise the issue of the content of President Obama's statement for Armenian Remembrance Day or seek a delay in consideration of House Resolution 252. Instead, the discussions between Vice President Biden and President Sargsian that were recently referenced by the Vice president were about the need to take immediate steps to improve Armenian-Turkish relations. The two leaders agreed that there should be no preconditions to normalizing relations between Armenia and Turkey.'

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