Parliament Prepares to Condemn Reconciliation Commission

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Several parties represented in parliament are expected to issue a statement to condemn the creation of the Turkish-Armenian Commission for Reconciliation.

A source in the parliament has told reporters that the statement had already been signed by the Armenian Communist Party–Armenian Revolutionary Federation and the Constitutional Rights Union. The source said other parliament forces were expected to sign the statement. So far only the Hayastan parliamentary group–representing the Union of Karabakh war veterans has refused to sign it.

The agreement to create the commission was reached in Geneva after months of confidential negotiations. The ten-member private group–among them two former foreign ministers and retired diplomats–said it will try to foster cooperation and communication that could lead to direct talks between the governmen’s of Turkey and Armenia.

Earlier–the Armenian government welcomed the creation of the "reconciliation commission" composed of former Turkish and Armenian officials. But it reiterated by stating that a full normalization of relations between the two neighboring states will be impossible without Ankara agreeing to establish diplomatic relations with Yerevan. The country’s leading political parties–meanwhile are mostly skeptical about the success of the unprecedented initiative with the ARF at the forefront.

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