ARF Bureau Issues Declaration After Protocol Signing

YEREVAN—The Bureau of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation on Monday issued the following declaration after Saturday’s signing of the protocols on the establishment and development of relations between Armenia and Turkey in Zurich:

The protocols on establishing relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey were signed on October 10.

On this occasion, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation declares:

a. Consultations, which took place over the last several weeks after the protocols were made public, although not always under free and transparent conditions, proved that there are serious concerns and great counteraction regarding these documents; that the homeland and the Diaspora have the same approach to fundamental issues concerning all Armenians. It was made clear that the struggle for the Armenian Cause is simultaneously a struggle for the fate and development of our independent statehood.

b. The consultations proved that the protocols and the process include provisions satisfying the three fundamental preconditions which Turkey has put forth since the first days of the independence of the Republic of Armenia. It also became apparent that the same concerns existed in those Armenian circles who were defending the Armenian President’s policy.

c. These concerns were finally clearly expressed by the President of the Republic of Armenia in his address to the Armenian people on October 10. The President of Armenia disclosed the existence of those very same dangers and preconditions that the ARF had expressed. In particular, the President of the Republic of Armenia affirmed that:

1. Any kind of relations with Turkey cannot put into question the veracity of the Armenian Genocide and the fact that the Armenian people have been dispossessed of their homeland.

2. There exists a border issue between Armenia and Turkey.

3. The signed documents cannot in any way be related to the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

We are convinced that had the president expressed these positions earlier, it could have steered the consultations correctly and could have resulted in the refusal to sign the protocols. At any rate, this position must guide all the representatives of the Armenian authorities, as well as those who defended the now-signed protocols.

d. Turkey’s unconstructive position during the signing ceremonies of the protocols is an eloquent testament that Turkey is realizing the process in favor of accomplishing its own preconditions, which was sufficient foundation for Armenia to refuse to sign. The scandal that occurred during the signing ceremony is a testament to the failure of our diplomacy in Armenia-Turkey negotiations. The presence of the foreign ministers of the United States, the Russian Federation, France, the European Union and Switzerland and the efforts to ensure the signing of the protocols at any cost is in fact pressure being brought to bear, especially on the Republic of Armenia. We are convinced, that Armenia should not have succumbed to those pressures. It is equally unacceptable for the world’s power centers to exert pressure on small nations, through political, economical or other means.

e. We are entering a new stage of the struggle following the signing of the protocols. The new announcements being made from Turkey are a testament to that country’s objective, which is to weaken Armenia and the Armenians and to enforce new concessions.

Under these conditions it is necessary, through all possible means to prevent the ratification of the protocols which are a blow to the interests of our state and nation. That objective demands the widening and deepening of our pan-Armenian unity; not to open the door to any expression of national discord and to be prepared to endure potentially dangerous new developments that await pan-national issues.

The Armenian Revolutionary Federation is steadfast in its struggle to ensure the failure of the ratification of the protocols. For that objective, the ARF will use all political and constitutional means all the way to regime change, if necessary.

The Armenian Revolutionary Federation is appealing to the all Armenians to arm themselves with confidence and resolve. We are compelled to prevent the ratification of the protocols with our combined powers and by doing so to neutralize the real dangers threatening Armenia and the Armenians, in the name of the Republic of Armenia, liberated Artsakh, the unity of our people and the right of our generations to live in dignity in the world.

Armenian Revolutionary Federation
12 October 2009


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  1. Haro Mherian, PhD Mathematics said:

    I am afraid, all geopolitical and sociological conditions are pointing to a disastrous regime change, where there will be three factions, one true Armenian opposition, one (pro-western) fake opposition and the ruling party. Depending on Turkish diplomatic maneuver, there is a high probability that during the regime change processes there may be a military invasion in Artsakh.
    ALERT: Every Armenian must put pressure on the Armenia’s parliament members to vote against this Protocols. The ratification must fail before it’s too late. At the same time, Artsakh must be prepared for a possible invasion by Azeris joined with possible NATO/Turkish mercenaries. There may also be some geopolitical change in the southern section of the Black Sea indirectly putting more pressure on Armenia.
    There are few diversions that Armenia could have done (e.g. pulling in Georgia into this mess), but I am afraid it is too late for that, since the Armenian government has absolutely no strategic intelligence at the moment.

  2. Grigor Melikyan said:

    The call and demand for regime change must be done now without any delay. Serzh Sarkissian is a con artist
    and an imposter. Traitors must resign and kicked out of Armenia. Do it today and demand his impeachment, tommorow is too late.

  3. Ishkhan Babajanian MD said:

    Shat Sireli Dalton/Artsakh, Hishum es Berdzorum dzer tane yerb Vorbatsadz , yev serbatsadz Anin eink yerghum boloris achkerum yev artasuk kar yev huys…
    Aysor menak Senyakums inks indz “Sghavor Anin” ei mrmnjum ankakh im kamkits sksetsi hakekal Anahite lselov senyak mtav vrdovadz dzaynov asets ” “Spurki hamar hima Yerevann el Ani dartseretsin”?

    Sireli yegbayr Dalton/Artsakh im (yev millionavor Spurki Hayrenakitsneri) mtorumnere yev zgatsumnere uzum yem ampopepel ays kani togherum

    “gayle vran vochkhari morte aradz
    garnerun pahapan, hskog e daradz

    “Aklore karozchi verarku hagadz
    Ambion e yeler khelki ashtsek”

    ‘Medzamedz mardike heru yen kanghnadz,
    Aspareze hambaknerin yen toghadz”

    “Pordzank, haladznk yev negutyun azgeri glkhin
    inchpes ijanapari karavan kugan u kertan”…
    “Areve arants vakhenalu tsaytum e luyse
    Ampere depi aghotaran kughan u kertan”

    “Harghank kez nahatak joghovurd
    Zark , yerb haladzum yen kez, Zark yerb pakum yen ko paravor entatske,
    zark zark sharunak minchev, Ardarutyan u ijeshmartutyan vsem ghordze haghtanake”

    Shat sireli Dalton/Artsakh hima Spurki millionavor mardik huysere mimiayn kapel yen karabaghi Heros joghovurdi yev inchu che ghekavarutyan vra, vor mer nakhnikneri nman mer Zuyk hayreniknere Pashtpanen yev kortseradz Azgi arzhanapatvutyune verakanghnen………. inchkan el Tshnaminere pak drneri hetevum nor haka-hay dzragrer mshaken Artsakhi joghovurde Ushim e

    Havatatsadz yenk vor Ghordznakanum Artsakhi/Karabaki joghovurde Artun e, miaban e yev patrast e ir ankakhutyune, Azadutyune yev iravunke pashtpane………………………. Bolore, (minchev isk Turkern el ) lavateghyak yen vor Karabakhtsin Tarber e yev Artsakhe voch mi ghnov dzakhu che …

    Jermagin Barevner mer bolori koghmits, Kez, kuyr Sonayin, yerekhanerin u torniknerin
    Sirov Ishkhan
    Oct.12 ,2009

  4. Lusik said:

    Here is the small list of dangers. Obviously, the main danger remains, the destabilization inside Armenia, which will be used by the USA-France_Russia high-ranked bandits to enter Piece-keepers to “handle” the situation and brake Artsakh (and applaud Armenian governance smiling, while they are doing it, pardon for this burst of anger. But this is seen on the picture taken in Zurich’s University Churchill’s room, what a irony! He is still wrongs to Armenians!)
    a) Since we have witnessed an extraordinary evidence for the corruption of the Armenian leadership, there is no reason to reject a possibility that the trading of the AG-related documents from even highly “honorable” archives will not become a usual practice;
    b) Since the “rapprochement” with Turkey is wanted to be along with “detachment” from Diaspora, be alert! Our nation is in a critical state. But have not we seen this before? Let us put our Union above all! We have to work out the best solution, and brake through the wall of isolation created around people and governance of Armenia.