MFA MUM ON FUTURE OF TURKEY-ARMENIA PROTOCOLS AFTER SARGSYAN'S REMARKS AT UN

NEWS | 30.09.14 | 10:31
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Official Yerevan does not make further comments regarding the possible
withdrawal of the Turkey-Armenia protocols from the National Assembly
following President Serzh Sargsyan's allowing such a possibility in
his speech at the United Nations.

Addressing the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on
September 24, Sargsyan said that "official Yerevan is seriously
considering the issue of recalling the Armenian-Turkish Protocols from
the parliament."

"Armenia has never conditioned the normalization of the bilateral
relations with Turkey by recognition of the Armenian Genocide. In
fact, Armenia was the party that initiated such a process which
culminated in the signing of the Zurich Protocols in 2009. However,
those Protocols have been shelved for years now awaiting ratification
in the Turkish Parliament," the Armenian leader declared.

"Ankara declares publicly that it will ratify those Protocols only if
Armenians cede Nagorno- Karabakh, independent Artsakh, to Azerbaijan.

In Armenia and Artsakh ordinary people often just retort to such
preconditions: "To hell with you ratification." This vernacular phrase
concentrates the age-old struggle of the entire nation, and it
unequivocally explains to those who attempt to bargain the others'
homeland that the motherland is sacrosanct, and they had better stay
away from us with their bargain. It is in these circumstances that
currently the official Yerevan is seriously considering the issue of
recalling the Armenian-Turkish Protocols from the parliament,"
Sargsyan added.

During a joint press conference with the visiting UNDP Administrator,
Under-Secretary-General Helen Clark in Yerevan, on Monday, in the
context of President Sargsyan's remarks at the UN, Armenian Foreign
Minister Edward Nalbandian was asked whether there were approximate
dates for the recalling of the Turkey-Armenia protocols from the
Parliament.

"If there was such a decision, the President of the Republic would
probably say about it. But the President said what he said and as of
now I have nothing to add," the top Armenian diplomat said.