Armenian President Set To Announce Key Decision On Turkey Protocols

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian will address the nation on Thursday to announce a promised crucial decision on the future of Armenia’s frozen normalization agreements with Turkey, his office said on Wednesday.

In a written statement, the presidential press service said Sarkisian discussed that decision at a special meeting with the top state officials sitting on his National Security Council. It said he briefed them on the results of his latest visits to Washington and Moscow that reportedly focused on the stalled Turkish-Armenian normalization process.

“Members of the Security Council discussed the latest developments in the process of normalizing relations between Armenia and Turkey,” said the statement. “President Sarkisian said that he has held a series of consultations on this issue with the leaders of the parties making up the [governing] political coalition.”

“The president of the republic will address the people on the results of the decision made as a result of the discussions,” it added without elaboration.

Sarkisian has repeatedly threatened to scrap the Turkish-Armenian protocols if Turkey fails to ratify them “within a reasonable time frame.” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated after his Washington talks with Sarkisian that the Turkish parliament will not validate the deal before a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Erdogan’s statements were a clear indication that the two sides failed to agree on how to kick-start their historic rapprochement.

Sarkisian said before flying to the U.S. capital that he has all but decided what to do next in the U.S.-backed process. His foreign minister, Edward Nalbandian, told journalists after the ensuing U.S.-Turkish-Armenian negotiations that Yerevan is now even more confident about the wisdom of that move.

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  1. Seervart Kerbeykian said:

    So what does that supposed to mean? The only thing that is left to do now Mr. Sarkisian is to revoke the so called “protocols” and pull back Armenia's signatures from it. That is what Armenia must do!

  2. leo said:

    this elite mafia and its whole system is unacceptable. if something like last year happens its again his mistake on the judgment of reality and reach of his power. first he listens to his russian bosses then his imediate pocket money. the us provides him with pocket money also. he is weak and corupt.

  3. Oshin said:

    I think that if Armenia pulls back his signature from protocols that would be a very big mistake.Armenia must confirm the protocols in his parliament because with the actual political situation of Turkey and with the oppositor parties mentality is definetelly not possible for Turkish governement even to vote for the protocols.So in this case Turkey will remain in a very bad situation in the front of all the world.
    If Armenia pulls back his signature from protocols Turkey will be very happy because with this act Armenia will free Turkey from a very bad trouble and now Turkey will claim that Armenia pulled back his signature.so “yughi bes tcourin vra bidi yelle “

  4. roger said:

    well Mr Sargsyan should now that protocols would never proceed without resloution of Krabakh conflict.Goverments always changes,their ideas always change but main principles of nations always stay same.Erdogan cannot decide by himself.Ultranationalist Turkish people would shoot him on head if he tries to open the border without Karabakh.

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