Sarkisian Recalls Armenia-Turkey Protocols from Parliament

Armenia's Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian and then Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu sign the protocols in Switzerland on Oct. 10, 2010


YEREVAN–President Serzh Sarkisian sent a letter Monday to National Assembly Speaker Galust Sahakyan, informing about his decision to recall the Armenia-Turkey Protocols from the National Assembly consideration. He, did not, however, withdraw Armenia’s signature from the ill-fated document.

“When launching the process of normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations without preconditions, we were fully aware of all possible scenarios of future development. We were ready for both comprehensive normalization of relations through ratification of the protocols and their failure. We had nothing to conceal, as it would become clear to the world which party was guilty of missing the chance to open the last closed border in Europe,” said Sarkisian in his letter.

Sarkisian said during the almost six-year process Armenia has consistently supported the protocols process, but Turkey has shown lack of political will.

“We cannot but stress the lack of political will on the part of Turkey, the distortion of the letter and spirit of the protocols and the continuous attempts to pose preconditions. Parallel to that, on the threshold of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the policy of denial and revision of history gains new momentum,” added Sarkisian

“I have said on many occasions that time is not inexhaustible. I last did it from the podium of the UN General Assembly in September 2014. It’s a pity that this call failed to reach the Turkish leadership,” explained Sarkisian.

“Therefore, I have decided to recall the protocols on the ‘Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey’ and ‘Development of Relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey; from the National Assembly,” concluded the letter.

Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau member and political affairs director Giro Manoyan said Sarkisian’s decision was sep in the right direction and is welcomed, but cautioned that it was not enough, because the document still contain inherent dangers to Armenia since Armneia’s signature is still on the protocols.

Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Executive Director Aram Hamparian offered the following statement following the Armenian Government’s call today to remove the ill-conceived Turkey-Armenia Protocols from Armenian Parliament consideration.

“Withdrawing these flawed and failed Protocols from Parliament represents a step in the right direction, one that needs to be followed immediately by the next logical step of withdrawing Armenia ‘s signature from these Ankara-inspired accords,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian.

“As we stressed in 2009 – and as is painfully clear today – Armenia should never have signed these one-sided agreements.  Once in place, despite Turkey’s obvious lies and endless preconditions and manipulations, this farce was allowed to continue for far too long.  Even through all of this, we remain encouraged that, despite Ankara’s efforts – through the Protocols and other instruments of denial – to downgrade the Armenian Genocide from an unpunished international crime into a simple bilateral conflict, the Armenian people – in our homeland and diaspora – remain united in our resolve for a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide,” continued Hamparian.
 
On April 23, 2009, an agreement of “mutual understanding,” defined as a “roadmap,” had been agreed upon by Armenia and Turkey assuring the world that mutually beneficial relations between them were forthcoming.

In the days leading to the signing of the proposals, Sarkisian made a tour of several Armenian communities around the world, including New York, Paris, Beirut, and Los Angeles, only to be met with scorn and outrage.

Public outcry had virtually no swaying influence on the resolve of the Armenian authorities, and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian alongside his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu signed the protocols in Zurich on Oct. 10, 2009.

On April 22, 2010, only seven months after signing the accord, Sarkisian made a statement, in which he made it clear that the political majority in the National Assembly considered statements from the Turkish side unacceptable, “specifically those by Prime Minister [Recepy Tayyip] Erdogan, who has again made the ratification of the Armenia-Turkey protocols by the Turkish parliament directly dependent on a resolution over Nagorno-Karabakh.”

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18 Comments

  1. GeorgeMardig said:

    It is not enough, President Sarkissian, It is time that you also recall Armnia’s signature from the protocols.

    • PAUL BARDIZBANIAN said:

      DOUBLE BRAVO MR PRESIDENT. MANY AND I DID NOT AGREE WITH YOUR INITIATIVES ON THE TURKISH PROTOCOLS. HOWEVER I COMMEND YOUR SIGNING AND SUBMITTING THEM AS OUR HEAD OF STATE AND IN THE PERCEIVED BEST INTEREST OF THE COUNTRY DESPITE THE DIASPORA RESERVATIONS AND PROTESTS. BUCKLE UP AND STAND FAST AS WE PURSUE THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE BY TURKEY AND THEIR CONTINUATION OF IT VIA DENIAL.

  2. Vindicated Man said:

    Amen.
    Also, they should recall the signature.
    And demand that Woodrow Wilson’s Arbitral Award is honored, and.

  3. Rifat said:

    Maybe the AKP party shouldn’t have tied the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to Turkey-Armenia relations.

  4. Jove said:

    A natural outcome of an absurd and doomed to fail piece of document which should never had been concocted in the first place. It does not matter if the signatures are withdrawn or not. It will be just symbolic. In any case these protocols would not have been passed by the Turkish parliament. The protocols failed because the Turks intransigence. We are better off with the border closed. The border will remain closed until the map of the region is redrawn.

  5. tuyn said:

    That was ( was ) an excuse for Obama not to recognize The Armenian Genocide back then , lets see what the excuse will be this time?

  6. A.N. said:

    The protocol was by the tricky Turkey a plot for political gains, to draw world’s attention to their generousity, not a real neighborly gesture for good relations with Armenia, and they gained what they wanted unfortunately.
    Armenia’s recall is too little and too late.

  7. Alex Postallian said:

    I see hilary Clinton,standing behind her sponser…davitugly….$$$$$$$$$$$$

  8. Sarkis said:

    Very Well Done Mr. President, easy said, but what are we doing as Armenians in the diaspora ? The perpetrators and the deniers of the Armenian Genocide have closed the border on our beloved homeland with the purpose of decaying our economy and starving our nation.

    This is noting but declaration of war and we need to respond with an equal action. All Turkish products must be banned from entering Armenia and any other market where we have a leverage. Supermarkets and outlets selling Turkish product or product made in turkey should be boycotted by the Armenian consumers worldwide. I mean all purchases from those markets , not just the Turkish products, until they remove those products from the shelves.

    This is the least we can do, that is, if we want to do something else but talking.

  9. Areg said:

    Sorry Hillary Clinton your tricky tricks and love affair with Davutoglu did not work out. It is burried already for good.

  10. Josef said:

    It’s funny how our country supports these savages and then try to
    Preach democracy and tolerance still polishing Turkish shoes joke !

  11. Josef said:

    It’s funny how our country supports these savages and then try to
    Preach democracy and tolerance still polishing Turkish shoes joke !

  12. GeorgeMardig said:

    The west is losing the world to terrorist state of Turkey, if the West wants to stop ISIS he is obliged to kiss the S of terrorist state of Turkey, because ISIS = Turkey, Turkey = ISIS, it is the turn of the West to see how their childrens are beheaded, Armenians already went through that experience a century ago.

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