Armenian-Turkish border could be opened without protocols - Heritage

NEWS.AM
January 04, 2013 | 19:51

Secretary of the board of Armenian `Heritage' party Stepan Safarian,
in a conversation with the reporter of Armenian News-NEWS.am, said
that when the basis of bilateral relations between two states has
originally been presented incorrectly, as in case of the process of
normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations, it is better not to
continue.

`I am pleased that, based on the behavior of the Turkish authorities,
the process of normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations was
suspended. Otherwise, it is hard to imagine in what a stalemate
situation would the Armenian authorities find themselves,' Safarian
said.

In his opinion, in fact, Armenia was not ready for the establishment
of Armenian-Turkish official relations.

`It would be better for the Armenian-Turkish relations to evolve on
the level of civil society,' he added.

Safarian also said that `Heritage' Party considers it necessary to
withdraw Armenian signature from the Armenian-Turkish protocols, as if
the task was to open the border, it could have been done without these
documents.