, Armenia
Jan 3 2012

Armenia must recall signature from protocols with Turkey - opposition

January 03, 2012 | 14:26

YEREVAN. - Taking into account behavior of the official Ankara, the
Armenian side should recall signatures from Armenia-Turkey protocols,
said MP from opposition Armenian Heritage Party Armen Martirosyan.

Martirosyan is confident that no movement in Armenia-Turkey
reconciliation should be expected.

`Prior to the signing of protocols Turkey was cautiously speaking
about Karabakh, after the ceremony the situation changed. Nowadays,
Ankara ignores political correctness while commenting on the Karabakh
issue. Armenia has nothing to lose. If we recall signature, it will
have no negative impact on our country,' he told Armenian

In October 2009 Armenia and Turkey signed protocols in Zurich to
normalize diplomatic relations between the states. The documents had
to be ratified in both countries' parliaments. However, in 2010 the
Armenian president suspended the process due to Turkey's
non-constructive stance. Ankara set preconditions and linked the
reconciliation process to resolution of the Karabakh conflict. Turkey
decided to remove the protocols from parliament's agenda this August.