Turkish Diplomat Says Normalization to ‘Resume Course’

ANKARA (Today’s Zaman)—Ankara expects the Armenia-Turkey normalization process to continue on course, despite the two sides’ inability to ratify fence-mending agreements signed in October 2009, Today’s Zaman reported Friday, citing an anonymous source in the Turkish diplomatic corps.

“I see some commentators suggesting that the Turkey-Armenia normalization process is dead or that a funeral should be held for the burial of the protocols. We consider these comments as literary and romantic affectations,” the diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said earlier this week, referring to comments in the wake of a US House committee’s adoption of the Armenian Genocide resolution.

“The normalization process has by no means died. Ever since the protocols were signed between Turkey and Armenia, the normalization process has continued along its natural course,” the source said, warning against what he called the “third-party interventions” of the US congressional committee. He said such interventions could have a detrimental impact on “the natural process.”
The US resolution, which Ankara expects will not reach the House floor, and the normalization process “must” definitely be dealt with as two separate processes which are independent from each other, he stressed.

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