Turkey Sends Envoy to Armenia for High-Level Talks

ANKARA (Combined Sources)—Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent a high-level diplomat to Armenia to discuss snags in efforts to normalize relations between the two countries, AFP reported.

Feridun Sinirlioglu, undersecretary of the foreign ministry, will meet with Armenian President Serge Sarkisian and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian on April 7, a Foreign Ministry source said.

He was to discuss disagreements holding up the deal that Turkey and Armenia signed in October.

Sinirliogu “will reassert Turkey’s commitment to the [reconciliation] process but will also convey our concerns,” the official, who requested anonymity, told AFP.

The envoy will also discuss “steps that need to be taken to ensure that the process moves forward,” said a senior diplomat, who also declined to be named.

He will also explore the possibility of arranging a meeting between Erdogan and Sarkisian on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Washington next week, the sources said.

The Turkish-Armenian deal—comprising two protocols—needs parliamentary ratification in both countries to take effect, but the process has been held up by mutual accusations that the other side is not truly committed to the terms of the agreement.

Ankara is irked by a January ruling of Armenia’s constitutional court that upheld the legality of the protocols but said they could not contradict Yerevan’s official position that the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire was genocide.

Yerevan, for his part, has protested Ankara’s position that the Turkish Parliament is unlikely to ratify the accord without progress in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, a close Turkish ally.

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  1. Hagop said:

    Of course they did. It is April and they have to make sure world leaders do not use the term GENOCIDE by showing the world that they are serious about “normalization” of relations with Armenia.
    The effort will end on April 25, just wait and see. This is an annual farce that will continue until a president of the United States utters the word Genocide.

  2. Serge said:

    It will be disgracefull and shamefull if Serge Sarkisian and Nalbandian fall in to the same trap again. I am hoping they have learned thier lesson not to trust turks and not to fall in the thier trick again.

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