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Yerevan gives up the process of settling relationship with Ankara2010-04-22 19:41
Armenia decided to give up the process of settling relationship with Turkey.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"We regard the current stage of the Armenian-Turkish negotiations to be completed", - President of the republic Serge Sargsyan has stated today in his appeal to the people. Turkey is not ready to continue the process and move forward without (the fulfillment of) preliminary conditions. The notion of "reasonable terms" (the settlement of the Armenian-Turkish relationship) has got no meaning any longer. Their position is unacceptable", - he is cited by Interfax.
The president expressed gratitude to the heads of Russia, the USA and Switzerland for the assistance provided.
Meanwhile, today, fourteen political parties and a number of public organizations of Armenia have adopted a statement demanding that the official Yerevan should withdraw its signature put under the Armenian-Turkish protocols.
Earlier, the ruling coalition of Armenia comprising three parties, the Republican Party, Prospering Armenia and Orinats Erkir (The Country of Law) made a statement about the necessity of putting the Armenian-Turkish protocols off the agenda of the republican parliament. "The Armenian-Turkish protocols serving Ankara's interests became an obstacle on the way of the international recognition of the genocide over the Armenians, which process resulted in the increased international pressure upon Yerevan in the issue of settling the Nagorny Karabakh conflict", - "the statement of the fourteen" goes.
According to the authors of the statement, the main purpose of their struggle is attaining the withdrawal of Yerevan's signature put under the Armenian-Turkish protocols, or the ratification of the documents under reservations. "In the course of the documents ratification, the Armenian party must underline that their provisions concern only two countries and cannot imply any third party, Nagorny Karabakh, for example", - the statement goes.
The document also contains a demand to the Armenian authorities to remove the issue of the genocide over the Armenians in the Turkish Empire as a subject for discussion and define the Armenian-Turkish border via a separate international treaty. In case Turkey refuses to fulfill these provisos Armenia will be entitled to give up the whole process.
Let us remind you that on October 10, 2009, in Zurich, Heads of the Armenian and Turkish MFAs Edward Nalbandyan and Akhmed Davutoglu signed the protocols concerning the settlement of the diplomatic relationship and the bilateral relationship development. On being signed, the documents must be approved by the parliaments of both countries; however, the ratification meets serious resistance both in Armenia and Turkey. Both parties are accusing each other of ratification delaying.
The complicated relationship between the two countries can be attributed to Ankara's support of Azerbaijan's position in respect of the Karabakh problem, as well as to Turkey's painful reaction to the process of the international recognition of the genocide over the Armenians in 1915 in the Turkish Empire.
The Armenian-Turkish border was closed on Ankara's initiative in 1993 in the heat of the Karabakh war. Turkey, which is at one with Azerbaijan, is insisting upon the withdrawal of the Armenian troops from Nagorny Karabakh and demands that Armenia should recognize Azerbaijan's territorial integrity. Now the Turkish Foreign Ministry says that Azerbaijan's interests will be taken into account at every stage of the process of normalizing relationship with Armenia.