Mar 01 2018

Armenia scraps protocols normalising Turkey ties

The Armenian government has scrapped two protocols signed in 2009 that aimed to normalise bilateral relation with Turkey, the Radio Free Europe site reported on Thursday.

The protocols, signed by the two countries’ foreign ministers in October 2009, would have established diplomatic relations and opened the countries’ shared border.

However, neither side countries’ parliament has ratified the protocols, and no progress appears to have been made in the over eight years since they were signed.

The Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian had vowed to declare the protocols “null and void” if Ankara did not make any progress by Spring 2018.

Two issues hamper improved relations between the countries, one of which is the issue over the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during World War One, which Armenia and other international states recognise as a genocide. Turkey has adamantly rejected the use of this terminology.

The other sticking point is the Armenian conflict with Azerbaijan, a close ally of Turkey, over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.