Armenia, Turkey Sign Protocols

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Nalbandian and Davidoglu following the signing of protocols

ZURICH—At 11:16 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on Saturday Armenia and Turkey signed the protocols on establishment and development of relations after a ‘glitch’ that delayed the signing for hours, requiring mediation by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In a dramatic turn of events, the signing of the protocols on were delayed due to reported ‘glitches’ in an announcement to have been made after the signing.

Reportedly the glitches involved language in statements that were to be delivered after the signing ceremony.

After intense mediation by Clinton and other State Department officials, foreign minister Eduard Nalbandian of Armenia Ahemt Davutoglu of Turkey returned to a hall at Zurich University and signed the document, which now awaits the ratification by the parliaments of both countries.

The crisis stemmed from the two parties’, Turkey and Armenia, attempts to interfere in the statements, it was reported.

According to the speculation, Nalbandian wanted to refer in the statement to the 1915 killings of the Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire by using the word “genocide,” reported the Hurriyet newspaper. The Turkish side, on the other hand, wanted to refer to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the statement, something Armenia says has nothing to do with the normalization of ties with Turkey.

In pursuing the accord, Turkey won a commitment from Washington to step up its efforts to settle the dispute over the breakaway territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian enclave in the Turkish ally of Azerbaijan, officials said.

In Istanbul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “Armenian demands in time will be very important. We’ll not bend in the face of those demands.” Erdogan assured that Turkey would not take any step that would leave Azerbaijan in difficulty. Asked about the meeting of the Armenian and Azeri presidents in Moldova last Thursday, he said a more positive step could be taken that would contribute to the normalization between Turkey and Armenia. “Despite this, we are in favor of developing relations with Armenia by protecting our good intentions and in a way that will not hurt Azerbaijan,” he told reporters.

ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian made a statement following the signing of the Turkey-Armenia protocols Saturday.

“The success of Turkey in pressuring Armenia into accepting these humiliating, one-sided protocols proves, sadly, that genocide pays.”

“President Obama, rather than honoring his pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide, went in exactly the opposite direction, applying the full force of our nation’s diplomacy to twist the arm of a landlocked and blockaded Armenia – a nation still struggling with the brutal legacy of its near-destruction – into accepting a dangerous set of protocols that call into question this very crime against humanity.”

“The ANCA and all Armenian Americans will continue our efforts to restore morality to our nation’s response to the Armenian Genocide, and, more broadly, to the cause of genocide prevention.  We will also work to prevent Turkey from using this agreement to further its genocide denial campaign, to undermine the rights of the Armenian nation, or to threaten the freedom of Nagorno Karabakh.”

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45 Comments

  1. Babken said:

    I think the real question to ask ourselves is, How exactly do we become the monkey wrench in between the gears… where are our leverage points, and where can we strategically intervene to move closer to our goals, and how can we measure such movement…

  2. HovigM said:

    October 10, 2009 is another day of mourning.
    The protocol signing is a good wake up call for all Armenians.
    Nothing in this life is given to anyone. Including justice.
    Why did we wait almost 100 years before bringing our case before a court of law for reparations??
    MEGHA ASDOOZO

  3. Aram A. Balian said:

    Now as the Protocols have been sighned,

    Was this PROTOCOLS an exchange of Nagorno-karapagh to Genocide?

    Next,

    Do the members of Armenian Parlement really understand the seriousness and the future inpact of this documents? (taking in account that the majority of those are short-sighted opportunist and unprofessiaonal businessmen/politicians)

    Can we rely on them?

    Of course not, they brought the poverty to Armenia, (85% are in poverty stage)
    they have monopolized the output and resources,
    they control the financial market,
    they are reason of high unemployment in Armenia and
    they support their interest in the parlement which is their “market place”

    Armenia needs a healthy Democratic structure where everybodies right are same in front of law and a leadership (even clergymen) who are not on the payroll of superpowers. These are the root of all problems.

    LAW and LEADERSHIP

  4. Garo said:

    The people of Armenia need to speak up. Now is their turn to hold accountable this government of Armenia, for their irresponsible adventure; by declining to ratify the protocols. Otherwise our nation is doomed forever.

  5. Garo said:

    Looking again at that picture, I realized that everyone is smiling except our FM; who has his cynical look.

  6. Arax M said:

    The smile on Davitoghlu’s face makes me sick. It speaks for itself, as if saying ‘We are the winners’.
    On the other hand, Nalbandian’s body language and sullen face speaks of his պարտվողական attitude.
    The Armenian nation once again faces another hundred years of effort to seek justice.
    A very sad day. I am ashamed.

  7. IShkhan Babajanian MD said:

    TARAPYAL HAY JOGHOVURD YEV ANNKUN KARABAKHTSI

    ARTNATSIR, ZGHASTATSIR YEV VOTKI KANGHNIR , KANI DER USH CHE …

    PAK – DRNERI HETEVUM , ARDEN “DZAKHELU HERTE” KHARABAGHIN E HASNUM……..

  8. MYTH said:

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE EU, USA/ISRAEL, EU FOR CO-SIGNING THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR ONE OF THE OLDEST RACES ON OUR PLANET ! FORGET WHAT WEVE BEEN THROUGH (NEAR-ANNIHILATION OF OUR RACE/CULTURE, THE ONGOING DESTRUCTION OF OUR HOLY SITES IN MUSLIM USSR-INVENTED ‘AZERBAIJAN’ AND IN TURKEY AND THE NON-REACTION SHOWN BY WORLD POWERS TO STOP OR PUNISH THE SICK BASTARDS, THE SUPPORTING OF AZERBAIJAN’S ‘TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY’ BY WORLD POWERS, THE CONSTANT DENIAL OF THE FIRST GENOCIDE OF THE 21ST CENTURY BY BRITAIN,USA, ISREAL) ETC..HOW ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTIONS (FIRST CHRISTIAN COUNTRY, MOTHER OF INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGES, THE COUNTLESS INVENTIONS BY ARMENIANS USED BY EVERY COUNTRY ! THE LIST GOES ON … DOESNT THAT MEAN ANYTHING TO WORLD POWERS SOME ASK ? NO NOT WHEN THEIR ARE PIPELINES BEING BUILT NEARBY..WHAT HAS TURKEY EVER DONE FOR HUMANITY ?! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING..(BELIEVE IT OR NOT EVEN ‘TURKISH DELIGHT’ IS ACTUALLY AN OLD PERSIAN DESSERT) COUNTLESS HISTORIANS/POLITCIANS HAVE WITNESSED AND COMMENTED ON THE VIRUS THAT IS ‘TURKISH RACE’ LOOK THAT UP ..LOOK UP HOW ‘AZERBAIJAN’ ISNT EVEN A COUNTRY OR A PEOPLE BUT WAS INVENTED AND GIVEN TO TURKS BY HALF-TATAR(WHAT AZERIS WERE KNOWN PRIOR TO AZERI) LENIN AND USSR..BUT NOW HAS SUPPORT FOR IT’S ‘BORDERS’ WHEN IT WAS INVENTED/BUILT ON MOSTLY ARMENIAN LANDS ! #1 SUPPORTER ISRAEL( WHO NOT OPENLY SUPPORTS AZERI/TURKISH ‘TERRITORY’ CLAIMS BUT DENYS THAT OUR GENOCIDE WAS ONE) PLUS THE LACK OF MEDIA COVERAGE RELATING TO OUR GENOCIDE AND THE DIRTY TRICKS ISRAELI/USA HARVARD EDUCATED ‘SCHOLARS’ ARE USING TO DISTORT OUR HISTORY ! ARMENIAN PEOPLE BETTER WAKE UP SOON AND REALIZE THE PLAN FOR THE COMPLETE ANNIHILATION OF OUR COUNTRY AND IT’S HISTORY BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE ! ARTNATZEK !!!!!

  9. Aram said:

    New York Times article,
    “As part of the agreement, the two countries would pledge to establish an international commission to research World War I-era archives to clarify the extent of the massacre .”

    This is sickening. I did not grow up as an Armenian ever thinking that the mass killing of my people, an act of Genocide, will have to be determined by an international body. What is even more sickening is that those who are in power in Armenia have agreed to such a body. I wonder, how did these people get into such power positions, what are their personal gains? Maybe it is time for us to ask these questions openly.

  10. Stepan Pilgian said:

    A sad day, indeed,but we have experienced sad(and worse before).What have we learned from Vartan,
    Sardarapat and Karbagh…… never give up!!! That’s we we are still here to enjoy our beautiful heritage.
    Regroup…. round 1 is over , but there are many to go and the Turkish circus is just beginning. Perhaps our government will wake up or perhaps all of us will help. Keep the faith!!! Be active and pray for our nation.
    Our time will come!!!!

  11. Roman said:

    Where is Tigran the Great to lead us. Shame on people who betryed us Shame on russia for them selling Armenia to turkey for azeri gas. Stupid bastards. Russia put mask of a friend but if you have friends like trhat you dont need anemys. Shame on Obama. OOOOOOOOOOOOO was i wrong voting for him.

  12. Anna said:

    AMOT ! AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !AMOT !
    MITE hay joghovurde petk e toghni, vor nalbandyann u sargsyane qaylen HAYASTANI SURB HOGHI VRA??? CHKAN AYLEVS SOGHOMON TEHLERYANNER U TORLAKYANNER!
    HAYER ZARTNEK!!! HOKTEMBERI 10-in HAYASTANE SKUTEGHI VRA DRETSIN TURKI ARAJ! AMOT! ANITSYAL LINEK!!!

  13. Raffi Azadian said:

    SIRELI, RAFFI “DZUKE” GHELKHITS A HOTADZ NALBANDYANE DZUKI POCHEN E

  14. Boghoss said:

    Will Armenians never learn, whatever the sufferings, that they cannot trust turks ? This is a milestone on the road of our complete anhihilation.

    Will the world ever learn that dishonesty, lack of justice, cowardiness, always lead to more suffering and injustice for all, and not only for the Armenians ? Would the Shoah have taken place, if the world had punished with all the deserved severity the turks for the Armenian Genocide ?

    When I was young, I made in a summer camp a turkish friend. We did not spoke much on that matter, but the last day of our vacation, he did not resist the temptation I guess, and he told me, his eyes shining with pride :

    – We succeeded, where the Germans failed….

  15. Katia K. said:

    Make way for the Pan Turkic dream of the Ottoman Empire! Congratulations Turkey!
    If this does not serve as a wake-up call, I don’t know what will!
    Everyone standing behind Nalbandian is our enemy. We should have recognized that and been aware of that throughout all these years. Everyone behind Nalbandian has been part of our demise. USA, Russia, France, Europe in general, turned their heads as we were brutally being massacred in the Jihad announced in Turkey, during WWI. Turkey massacred us in their Holy Jihad call in retaliation for all these Christian nations that were at war with it, took our lands and wanted to erase every last trace of our existence.
    In the 94 years that followed, Europe and USA could have condemned Turkey many times over for our Genocide, just like they have done for the Holocaust, but they consistently did not. They were busy sniffing the smell of oil and bartering with our lands and historical rights. They were silent and indifferent to all our cries for justice, and they chose not to acknowledge the rightful self-determination of Karabagh. And lo and behold, they were all available today to witness the lamb coming to sign for yet another set of concessions.
    WE ONLY HAVE OURSELVES TO BLAME, AND WE ONLY HAVE OURSELVES TO LEAN ON. We have been very nonchalant about our nation. These protocols have been crafted purposefully to silence the Diaspora, break it apart because the glue holding the Diaspora together has been the pursuit of our cause, and severing its ties with Armenia, so that Armenia can be more readily manipulated and engulfed by the Turkish pan Turkic machine.
    We only have ourselves to blame also, for hanging from the mouths of all these foreign leaders to get their “acknowledgement” of our Genocide, AS IF THEY WERE NOT AWARE OF IT, instead of going after Turkey in all the legal ways available when many survivors were still around, property deeds were not lost and the crime was still fresh. I strongly believe, that out of all the players, Turkey is the one that is the most dumb founded that we did not resort to legal reparations so far. WE KNEW WHAT HAPPENED TO US… THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH…
    But we did not pursue that route; we were only whining to get countries to acknowledge our Genocide… when they really did not want to, because Turkey had lots to offer them in return for their silence. They are using the Genocide card to get what they want from Turkey. As long as Turkey gives them what they want they will not reveal that card!
    We have to URGENTLY come up with new novice policies that will link the Diaspora legally to Armenia. This could be done by dual citizenship, or other creative laws. ALL Armenians should take part in voting for prepositions having to do with Armenia’s international and foreign policies. Some kind of a yearly “national tax” should be enforced for Armenians outside of Armenia. They can be exempt from this tax if they invest or own property in Armenia. This “tax” will entitle all Armenians with the right to vote on certain international and foreign policies. Whoever does not pay this tax, will lose that privilege…
    None of our organizations such as the ANCA will have any credibility or viability if they are not affiliated with our homeland, and if we are not all on the same page with our national foreign policies. We should never again allow for one of our hands to be unaware of what the other one is up to. We should push for regular talks, and conferences between the Diaspora and Armenia. Legal and Civic unity is what we need to pursue aggressively.
    There is jubilation tonight in Turkey. Some are saying that announcements have been made that the last 94 year burden has been lifted off their shoulders. Let Turkey win this battle, let’s focus our minds on winning the War!
    We did not perish, so that we may live; we did not live so that we may perish..

  16. Cristina said:

    What traitors…. :@btw it is Hillary Clinton who actually convinced them to sign…none really wanted it…

  17. Cristina said:

    BTW, it was Hillary Clinton who convinced, actually begged them to do it…
    “Acordul istoric dintre Armenia şi Turcia ar fi eşuat sâmbătă dacă secretarul de stat american Hillary Clinton nu i-ar fi implorat aproape la telefon pe miniştrii de externe armean şi turc să semneze acordurile. Dintr-un BMW negru parcat în spatele unui hotel din Zurich, Clinton a întors deznodământul unei reconcilieri pe care niciuna dintre părţi nu o mai dorea.” = “The historic agreement between Armenia and Turkey would have failed on Saturday if the American Secretary of State would not have almost begged both the Armenian and Turkish FM’s to sign, on the phone. From a black BMW parked in the back of a hotel in Zurich, Clinton turned the outcome of a reconciliation that none of the parties wished for anymore”
    this is from the article “The turkish-armenian peace, decided in the BMW of Hillary Clinton”, from the Romanian newspaper “Adevarul” (“The truth”)
    (http://www.adevarul.ro/articole/pacea-turco-armeana-decisa-in-bmw-ul-lui-hillary-clinton.html)

  18. Mihran Keheyian said:

    When Armenia is in the hands of corrupt crooks like Serzh and Nalbandian what do you expet,nothing but treason, well you have it now, Armenian rights sold out.

    I urge all healthy parties and individuals to come together and get rid of this treacherous government or else the prize for not doing so will be even higher.

    All ministers and officials must be blanked out in the diaspora so that they get the right message, anything else will be the wrong message.

  19. Karekin said:

    Sadly, this is what happens when 1) you are too small and powerless to have any real leverage and 2) have a group of leaders who insist on cooperating and grovelling to those who seek to destroy them, such as the US. The real issue now is reuniting Karabagh w Armenia. Sarkisyan and diasporan leaders must refuse to cooperate w/ any demand on Karabagh unless Turkey stages a unilateral withdrawal from Cyprus.Time to fight fire with fire. Without that, they should not give one inch to anyone. It is also very obvious that those who deny the genocide, the US, Turkey and Israel, are the ones who should be shamed by their behaviour. This triumverate, the murderous pashas of the 21st C, the new Talaat, Jemal and Enver, could care less about Armenia or Armenians, so beware, people, beware. By telling them all to close their embassies in Yerevan and asking their diplomats to leave unless they change their policies on the genocide, Armenia will be taking firm, principled stand and may see some results.

  20. Kevork said:

    Nuestro presidente al igual que el canciller son dos traidores de la nación armenia. No tienen perdón por haberse entregado mansamente a las extorsiones del genocida turco. Los armenios de todo el mundo debemos repensar ahora que hacemos con este gobierno corrupto y vendepatria. Volvamos a los tiempos del castigo popular, no queda otra alternativa.

  21. East Armenian from Europe said:

    I think a Committee must be founded in Armenia from Diasporan organisations AND the Opposition in Armenia. This committee must work to prevent the ratification of Protocols and/or try to put the regime down in Armenia.

  22. manooshag said:

    Hye, Ottoman Turks’ specialty, Genocide… begun in the 19th century – into the full blown 1915-1923 attempt, eliminating unarmed Armenians, in order to secure the Armenian lands and culture as their own. (Turks had not any history – needed to ‘adopt’ the Christian Armenians’ as their own…
    Hence the Armenian Genocide begun in the 19th century and yet – still continues into today – the 21st century by all subsequent Turkish leaders – with such a vile venom one can only wonder – Turks persist, even today, in instilling in their citizenry hatred for the victims of their Turkish Genocide. For the whole world knows – the infamy of the Ottoman Turks today by the ‘democratic’ nation of a Turkey. Yet, there must a psychological name for such a condition… Maybe the Turks hate themselves as much as they hate the Armenians, thus they shall want the world to know that Turks are ‘Genocidal’… and can never stop being ‘Genocidal’ – even after perpetrating a Genocide.
    Manooshag

  23. Gayane said:

    This particular day when I first heard of the signing of the protocols put me in a total shock.. not because i was not expecting it but for the effect it truly had on my skin.. i did not know how badly i would take.. so bad that I was in a daze for hours…I could not believe I lost my county and land to the murderors, to Turks..YET AGAIN….

    I have called Hillary every word on the planet.. I called the president and Nalbandian every word on this planet.. to make up the anger, frustration, the hurt I felt knowing all that we did had no effect on these chor gluxneri vra… pnderes hayvanneri vra….

    To Arax’s comment.. I myself feel sick by looking at the TURQI aylandak jpiti vra… It is sickening.. just sickening.. Hillary definitely proved herself to be one big.. u know what… Someone wrote on how she is miserable and alone and defeated by her own husband that she had to do something to make her feel better.. she acts all tough and tries to show off her skills for making these protocols to get signed to make up the shortcomings that she has but at the price of the blood and sweat of all the Armenian people… hope she will be able to sleep at night because all the ghosts of the murdered country, our murdered people’s souls will haunt her forever…

    Now that the parliament is the next step.. I hope it will stop right there and not go any further.. people of Armenia should over throw this govt with one swoop…IT HAS TO BE DONE…

    G

  24. JACK said:

    I BELIEVE THAT THE TIME HAS COME, FOR ARMENIAN TO WAKE UP AND STAND UP FOR ALL HUMAN KIND, THESE PROTOCOLS ARE AS INSULTING AND DEGRADING AND THEY ARE WRITTEN IN COLD BLOOD..
    WHEN WILL THE WORLD REALIZE THAT THIS WORLD IS BOUND BY MONEY AND NOT JUSTICE, IT IS TIME FOR US TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE, AND { EVEN HITLER ADMITTED TO THE ATROCITIES OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE RIGHT BEFORE HE GAVE HIS ORDER TO ANNIHILATE JEWS}…
    WHAT HAS THIS WORLD COME TO..

    I WILL FIGHT FOR ARMENIA WHEN TIME COMES…

  25. Arshile Gorky said:

    ՍԱ ԸՆԴԱՄԵՆԸ ԹՂԹԻ ԿՏՈՐ Է’ ԵԹԵ ՄԵՆԿ ԿԱՄԵՆԱՇԿ:

  26. JACK said:

    HERE IS THE PERFECT PROTOCOL FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE.

    TURKEY GOES BACK TO MONGOLIA WHERE THEY CAME FROM, THE AZERIS REALIZE THAT THEY ARE AN ARTIFICIAL NATION CREATED BY THE USSR, TURKEY GIVES BACK OUR LANDS ALSO THE ONES BELONGING TO THE GREEKS, AND PAYS 10 MILLION $ PER DEATH THAT WAS INQUIRED BY ARMENIANS DURING THE WORLD FIRST GENOCIDE OF THE 20 CENTURY TIMES 100 YEARS SO FAR FOR NOT ACCEPTING WHAT HAPPENED…

    AND THEN MAYBE WELL TALK.

  27. Gayane said:

    TO KATIA: You are a true inspiration.. You are truly a wonderful writer and the person who I agree with word by word.. I wish that our leaders had half your wit…

    I strongly suggest you send your post to every single Organization in Armenia and in USA, and push your ideas on how we, the Armenians living outside of Armenia can be part of the motherland.. WE NEED THAT.. I am 110% with you on that..

    Bravo for your posts.. I always enjoy reading your posts.. .. You have a great mind and dedication.. Keep it up..

    Also, thank you for all others for putting down their feelings/thoughts.. Always helps to know that we still have a chance to bring down this beast and stand united.. it is a long stride but we will do it..

    G

  28. Vahé said:

    President Obama, rather than honouring his pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide, went in exactly the opposite direction, applying the full force of US diplomacy to twist the arm of a landlocked and blockaded Armenia – a nation still struggling with the brutal legacy of its near-destruction – into accepting
    a dangerous set of protocols that call into question this very crime against humanity.”
    Thus, the main player in this tragedy is the two faced nominee for the 2009 Noble Peace Price. What’s
    good for Turkey is good for the United States. Armenians need to recognise that they are on their own
    and have always been so. Nobody gives a damn about injustice unless there is some advantage, say,
    crude, gas or gold.
    Armenians should stop ranting and calling names. Armenians worldwide need to put their heads together and come up with viable ideas to put our nation in the driving seat. Let us be more politically savvy; We should closely watch and learn how to conduct ourselves from the survivors of the second holocaust of the 20th century.

  29. Katia K. said:

    THANK YOU GAYANE! You put a smile on my face, and boy did I need one!
    I enjoy reading your comments too! As well as everyone else’s!
    Asbarez Post is a great venue for regular folk to share their feelings and ideas about Armenian issues. I also believe that it can be a valuable tool for our leaders to utilize to get a feel of where our community stands with certain issues. I am hopeful that somehow they are being attentive to all of our input!

    I love history and I am a fanatic when it comes to politics… so on-line Asbarez has become a favorite!

  30. gayane said:

    You welcome my dear on-line buddy..:) I definitely feel I know some who are regular posters on the Asbarez..:)

    I truly see your passion and the passion is backed by facts.. I admire that..

    Politics is something I enjoy but not much of a believer..:) but history I love.. the only problem is I can’t remember the names, and dates of some of the events.. Only 30 something and already lost memory..:) It is the stress of my country’s situation that caused it..

    And you are so right about our leaders needing to utilize these posts to get a feel where the community is.. I wish the Armenian govt got all these posts as well..

    G

  31. gayane said:

    Apres Vahe.. !!

    I definitely think there is always a price to pay to get justice in this world..and just like you said, the repeat offenders are crude, gas, gold and of course pure cash..

    It is unfortunate to see how much money talks.. and how much one country loses because of it.. I just hope that those Armenians who have great deal of money can inject their finances into avenues that will allow Armenia to have some leverage.. not only Armenia .. but rich ARmenians should utilize their money to help those organizations in the United States that fight for our rights and our brothers’ and sisters’ rights in Armenia..

    . I just wish I had the money.. Astvats arach..

    G

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