FOREIGN MINISTERS WILL WORK ON TIMETABLE OF PROTOCOLS: STEPAN SAFARYAN

Tert.am
15.04.10

The briefing of Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan in
Washington shows that he discussed with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet
Davutoglu the three messages that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan had conveyed to Armenia, Heritage Party deputy Stepan Safaryan
told Tert.am.

In his opinion Davutoglu has discussed with Nalbandyan issues relating
to the Armenian Genocide, settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
and the ratification of Armenia-Turkey Protocols.

The Nalbandyan-Davutoglu meeting has prompted Safaryan to think that
the two foreign ministers will from now on work on the timetable
of the ratification of the Protocols. In his words Turkey does not
mention specific timetable for the ratification of the Protocols
and what it gains in this matter is that US President Barack Obama
will more time avoid pronouncing the word "genocide" in his April 24
commemoration address this year.

Referring to RA President Serzh Sargsyan's speech at a meeting with
the Armenian-American community in Washington Safaryan said that
Sargsyan tried with that step to regain Diaspora's trust, and that
the Armenian authorities will find themselves in a difficult situation
should Armenia reach the stage of ratification of the protocols.

Safaryan recalled Sargsyan's statement before the Washington visit,
in which he said that the authorities have made their decision over
the Armenia-Turkey rapprochement, Safaryan mentioned two possible
variants: ratification of the protocols and withdrawing Armenia's
signature from those documents.

"Both variants are possible," said Safaryan.