‘No Deadline’ on Recall of Armenia-Turkey Protocols

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian told the UN General Assembly last week that his administration is considering withdrawing Armenia from the protocols it signed with Turkey

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Senior Armenian officials declined to clarify on Monday when President Serzh Sarkisian could act on his renewed threats to effectively invalidate Armenia’s 2009 normalization agreements with Turkey.

Sarkisian again denounced Ankara for linking their ratification by the Turkish parliament to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict when he addressed the UN General Assembly in New York last week. He said his administration is now “seriously considering recalling the Armenian-Turkish protocols from the parliament.”

Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian was unwilling to speculate about possible dates for such a recall. “If that already happened, the president of the republic may have announced it,” Nalbandian told reporters. “But he said what he said. We have nothing to add to that yet.”

Parliament speaker Galust Sahakian also would not be drawn on the subject, saying that it is up to Sarkisian to decide the future of the protocols. “I think that you should not ask me this question,” he said.

Ankara has repeatedly made clear that the Turkish parliament will not ratify the protocols until a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict acceptable to Azerbaijan. Yerevan rejects this precondition.

Sarkisian has threatened to withdraw Armenia’s signature from the protocols on at least three occasions in the past. The Turkish government has not reacted to his latest threats.


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  1. Nazareth said:

    Only the king sarkisyan knows, all others are irrelevant , welcome to democracy a-la- Armenian style.

  2. Alex Postallian said:


  3. eddie petrossian said:

    As a Statesman 3 bluffs is far too many.
    These Protocol’s are nothing but political games
    Initiated by the USA to make it’s poor foreign policy
    Look good. Sarkissian must withdraw today and
    Pursue an Armenia only agends!

  4. Areg said:

    The Armenian people have already buried the Hellery Clinton’s so called Turkish-Armenian protocals. Serz Sarkissian can not open the dead’s coffin if he and Nalbandian were to be bribed again by Hellery’s alikes.
    No more speculations on ifs and yeses. Do you Kapish! It is dead and finished and the dead protocal has already rotten and gone. Even God can not revive it. Go and play your dirty games on someone else’s backyard.
    After the cowardly attack on Der Zor, the Armenians know very well who is who. The friends of Genocidal Turkey are not our friends.
    So, everyone out there do not bug in. Go and fly your kites and get the hell out of our business.

  5. hye said:

    whenever tsar Putin tells him what to do. Armenia does not have it’s pro-armenian foreign policy.