YEREVAN (Yerkir Media)—The Armenia-Turkey protocols were submitted by President Serzh Sarkisian’s office to Armenia’s Constitutional Court three days ago, reported Court Chief of Staff Aroushan Hakopyan.
A full-court session must be convened within 20 days to determine a hearing date for the protocols, Hakopian explained. If within the 20-day time frame a consensus is not reached, the decision to convene a hearing is extended by 10 additional days. If a month passes from the time of submission and a decision is not reached, the protocols must be returned to the President’s office or the court must decide on further discussions.
The same full-court is also tasked with ruling on the constitutionality of the protocols, added Hakopian.
The court administrator was unable to say whether the hearings would be closed or open to the public.
Evidently, the ruling Republican Party parliamentary bloc chairman Galust Sahakian was unaware about the protocols having been submitted to the court. Responding to press inquiries on the possibility of the protocols never being submitted, Sahakian told reporters that Armenia will be advancing the ratification process through an already-announced approach, which Sahakian explained was for the Turkish parliament to first ratify the documents.
He explained that the border cannot open by only the Armenian side’s ratification.