YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armenian Parliament Speaker Hovik Abrahamian on Monday formally put the two protocols on establishing diplomatic ties and developing bilateral relations with Turkey into ‘circulation’ within the Armenian legislature and appointed the standing foreign relations committee as the key body on matters related to the documents.
It is yet unknown when the committee headed by a representative of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, the main opponent of the protocols, will start discussions of the protocols.
A member of ARF’s parliamentary faction Artyusha Shahbazian told RFE/RL that “putting [the protocols] into circulation does not yet mean that they will quickly enter the plenary session of parliament.”
President Serzh Sarkisian late last week submitted to parliament a package of protocols signed with Turkey last October. He thus followed on his earlier promise made while on a visit to London to make that step.
Speaking at the Chatham House British Royal Institute of International Affairs in London on Wednesday Sarkisian stressed that as the political leader of the Armenian parliamentary majority he excluded “a failure by Armenia’s parliament to ratify the protocols in case of their ratification by Turkey without preconditions in accordance with our understandings.”