Thursday, March 1, 2018

Armenia ditches normalisation deal with Turkey

Armenia  normalisation deal with Turkey
The President of Armenia on Thursday ditched agreements that would have normalised relations with Turkey, in the latest blow to efforts to end decades-long enmity between the neighbours.

President Serzh Sarkisian issued a decree to stop the process begun in Zurich in 2009 that would have paved the way for the establishment of diplomatic ties, according to the presidency’s website.

Two key agreements were brokered then by the United States, France and Russia, but have never been ratified by the two countries’ parliaments.

At loggerheads over the how to define the World War I-era massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, Turkey and Armenia have failed to establish diplomatic ties.

The border between the two countries has remained closed since Armenia gained independence following the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991.

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  1. Armenia Declares Protocols with Turkey Null and Void...

    Armenian President Serge Sarkisian has officially annulled the 2009 Armenia-Turkey Protocols. The announcement came at a sitting of the National Security Council earlier today.

    “Since its independence Armenia has tried to establish relations with Turkey,” Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said at today’s National Security Council session. “However, the Armenian-Turkish relations were in the deadlock when the President of Armenia initiated the process of normalization of relations with Turkey back in 2008, which was based on the vision of normalization of relations without preconditions.”

    In his address to the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly last September, President Sarkisian had announced that Armenia would declare the 2009 Armenia-Turkey Protocols “null and void” if not ratified by the spring of 2018. Sarkisian said the so-called Zurich Protocols, which were signed in 2009 between Armenia and Turkey to allow the opening of borders and to set up formal diplomatic relations between the two nations, “continuously lacked” any positive progress toward implementation.

    “The Government of Turkey came up with preposterous preconditions for their ratification that run counter to the letter and spirit of the Protocols,” Sarkisian said in his address. “I expressed the clear-cut views of the Armenian people on this issue three years ago, when I spoke from this eminent podium.” The deal was brokered by the United States, Russia, and France. In Feb. 2015, President Sarkisian recalled the protocols from Armenia’s Parliament, citing the “absence of political will” on the part of Turkey.

    “We will enter the spring of 2018 without those—as our experience has demonstrated, futile—Protocols,” Sarkisian announced during his address at the UN General Assembly.


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