ANKARA—The term of the Armenia-Turkey protocols in the Turkish parliament has expired, reported the Turkish Merhaba Gazetesi.
According to the law, legislation not approved during the term of the national assembly automatically expires. The new parliament, which took office last month has not placed a vote on the protocols on its agenda.
Turkish law, however, provides the possibility of restoring the bill on the agenda on behalf of the government or per the request of parliament members, reported the Anadolu news agency.
The protocols, which were signed on October 10, 2009, were sent to the parliaments of Armenia and Turkey. The Armenian parliament approved the protocols within the timeframe cited in the documents.
The Turkish parliament did not approve the documents, and placed preconditions of its approval on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
On April 22, 2010, President Serzh Sarkisian suspended the ratification process, citing Turkey’s continued delay tactics and its insistence on placing preconditions on the process. Armenia, however, did not remove its signature from the documents.