QA-18, 12 July 2013, Statement of the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey in Response to a Question Regarding the Declaration of the Prosecutor General of Armenia about the Border between Turkey and Armenia

We deplore the declaration made by the Prosecutor General of Armenia, Aghvan Hovsepyan, during his presentation at the Pan-Armenian Forum of Lawyers held in Yerevan on 5-6 July 2013 - opened with the remarks of the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan - that the border between Turkey and Armenia has never been legally established and that lost Armenian land should be returned to Armenia.

Such a declaration made by an official occupying a position as important as that of Prosecutor General reflects the prevailing problematic mentality in Armenia as to the territorial integrity of its neighbor Turkey and to Turkish-Armenian relations and also contradicts the obligations it has undertaken towards the international organizations of which it is a member, particularly the UN and the OSCE. One should be well aware that no one can presume to claim land from Turkey.