SERZH SARGSYAN: "IF TURKEY DRAGS THE RATIFICATION OF THE DOCUMENTS ARMENIA WILL IMMEDIATELY USE THE OPPORTUNITIES STEMMING FROM THE INTERNATIONAL RIGHT"

ARMENPRESS
DECEMBER 10, 2009
YEREVAN

YEREVAN, DECEMBER 10, ARMENPRESS: "The Republic of Armenia is ready to
implement its international commitments and ratify Armenian-Turkish
protocols. The same we expect from Turkey. If Turkey drags the
ratification of the documents Armenia will immediately use the
opportunities stemming from the international right," Armenian
President Serzh Sargsyan said today at a joint press conference with
his Latvian counterpart Valdis Zatlers. Armenian president assigned
relevant state bodies to prepare additions in part of the legislation
referring to the signing of international agreements, ratification and
annulling. The Armenian president sent the protocols to the Armenian
Constitutional Court which must make its decision January 12. "We
continue the process. We all must understand that as much the process
is being dragged the more obstacles are being created. Political
events in future may be obstacles," Serzh Sargsyan said.

According to him, Armenia is thankful to all those states,
international organizations, political and state figures with the
mediating activity of which Armenia and Turkey managed to pass
this way.

At the same time, he said, the efficiency of this process or its
failure must be fully ascribed to Armenia and Turkey. "We highly
assess the position of the US President Barack Obama connected with
the Armenian-Turkish relations, Armenian Cause. He has many times
stated his position both publicly and during personal contacts. As
connected with the recognition of the Armenian genocide, necessity of
viewing by Turkey its history in an unbiased way, US president stated
at the Turkish parliament as well. Of course, it is very important
that Turkey understands that peace and security will be established in
Caucasus only in case of normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations,
Armenian president expressed assurance. "Turkey's goal is to tie
Armenian-Turkish relations with NKR issue. I must once again repeat
that from the beginning this attempts are condemned to failure," S.
Sargsyan said.