Armenia Says Turkey ‘Squandered’ Trust As Negotiating Party

BELGIUM (RFE/RL)–Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has again accused Turkey of foiling a rapprochement that would end nearly a century of feud between the two neighboring states.

He stressed that Ankara “has wasted its stock of confidence as a partner in negotiations” by advancing preconditions and breaking the agreed terms of the process that came to a standstill last month.

Sarkisian made the statement during a Tuesday meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen as part of his continuing visit to Belgium, his press office reported.

The Armenian president late last month announced the suspension of the parliamentary ratification of the Turkish-Armenian normalization protocols in Armenia and in doing so, in particular, cited Ankara’s repeated attempts to set preconditions and its failure to honor commitments regarding the timeframe of the ratification of the deal.

In his address to the nation in late April, Sarkisian, however, said he had decided not to withdraw Yerevan’s signature from the agreements inked last October at the request of the United States, Russia and other foreign powers that have strongly supported his policy of rapprochement with Turkey.

Sarkisian headed a delegation including Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, Economy Minister Nerses Yeritsian and other officials on a working visit to Belgium May 25-27. In Brussels the Armenian leader has been scheduled to hold a series of meetings with top European officials, including President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso. Meetings with representatives of the Armenian organizations of Belgium and the Netherlands are also planned.

In Brussels the Armenian leader has been scheduled to hold a series of meetings with top European officials, including President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso. Meetings with representatives of the Armenian organizations of Belgium and the Netherlands are also planned.

Sarkisian and NATO’s secretary general on Tuesday discussed issues pertaining to Armenia-NATO cooperation. Both sides, as reported by the Armenian president’s press office, praised progress made in these relations in the past decade.

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  1. Realist said:

    Turkey squandered Armenia’s trust just as Sarkisian squandered the trust of all Armenians.

    This very late realization by our dear President Sarkisian is what worldwide voices from Armenians across the globe were trying to get through our Presidents thick skull only months ago…(ummm…hello…mcfly you there?????!!?!?!?!?!?! Can we say we told you so now????

  2. Paul said:

    I wonder who trusts their top leaders more, Turkey’s citizens or Armenia’s citizens?
    My guess is the former.
    And who, may I ask, is Sargsian to talk about trust? The man was not even fairly elected. Or have we forgotten that?

  3. Alex Postallian said:

    Maybe I am wrong,I have never heard Abdullah Gul render near cretin remarks like daviUGLY,and the other buffoon erdo gan;always halucinating.In street language we used to say…too stupid to know they are stupid.

  4. Zareh said:

    Humm… Yea, also my dad has positive impressions about Gul, and it was reported that Gul and erdo were in conflict, looks like the great evil doer is erdogan, who would’ve thought: the guy who once used to sell buns in the streets of Constantinople is being a meanie winnie

  5. Arman said:

    @ Zareh
    Didn’t we learn a lesson that there are no good turks? How long some people are going to feed us with this turkic propaganda? In fact I don’t blame turks but us. We can’t event pass a law in Armenia that would punish one if he denies the Armenian genocide, how do you expect turks to not deny it? The covered enemy is in Armenia who also wants to change our mother tongue in sargisyan and nalbandian faces. Until this foreign interest protectors are in power Armenia’s national security is in very danger.

  6. Papken Hartunian said:

    There is something in the world is called politic!

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