The Protocols Fall Outside the National Assembly’s Purview

The National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia is not authorized to discuss and vote on, much less ratify the protocols between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey on establishing diplomatic relations and developing bi-lateral ties.

The said protocols fall outside the authority of the National Assembly. The current Constitution of the Republic of Armenia is clear on this point. According the Article 81, clause 2 of the Constitution, “international treaties” – only “treaties” – are subject to ratification by the National Assembly. The article does not provide for the ratification of any other international document, including protocols. The protocols are an arrangement, but not a treaty. Any activity or process in the National Assembly having to do with the aforementioned protocols would be anti-constitutional.

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