Dec 13 2017

Turkey normalisation process off - Armenian FM

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said Yerevan would declare the normalisation process with Turkey null and void due to lack of progress, Armenian news site Panorama said.

“As you know it was the initiative of the president of Armenia to start the normalisation process with Turkey that resulted in the conclusion of the Zürich protocols in October 2009,” it quoted Nalbandian as saying at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“However, up to now, those documents have not been ratified, since Turkey came up with groundless preconditions that run counter to the letter and spirit of the protocols.”

The 2009 Armenian initiative was seen as the possible beginning of a new era of relations between the two countries, but was soon dropped from the agenda in Turkey after a high-profile visit by then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Azerbaijan, with which Armenia remains in a low-level conflict.

Statue of Humanity, erected after the Armenian–Turkey accords of 2009 and demolished in 2011
Statue of Humanity, erected after the Armenian–Turkey accords of 2009 and demolished in 2011

In 2011, Turkish authorities demolished a symbolic sculpture representing Turkish–Armenian friendship on the still-closed border.

“These documents cannot be held hostage forever,” Nalbandian said. “We will enter the Spring of 2018 without those protocols.”