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    Armenian party quits ruling coalition over Turkey thaw

    Hurriyet Daily News
    27.04.2009 - 12:43 | Son Güncelleme:

    ISTANBUL - An influential Armenian nationalist party said on Monday that it had left the country's ruling coalition over moves by Turkey and Armenia to mend ties, broadcaster NTV reported.

    The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) had earlier criticized the "roadmap" agreement, saying no deal with Ankara should be reached before Turkey recognizes the 1915 incidents as "genocide."

     

    The party had said they saw this development as a negative change in Armenia's foreign policy.

     

    Turkey and Armenia have agreed on a comprehensive framework for the normalization of bilateral relations. The move was also welcomed by the Washington administration.

     

    The ARF, Armenia’s oldest political party and one of its most influential, has 16 seats in the 131-seat parliament and three ministers in the Armenian Cabinet.

     

    Its departure from the ruling coalition would not affect the government’s ability to rule but would be a seen as a major symbolic blow and could lead to political instability.

     

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