“Armenian-Turkish Relations in the Context of Regional Developments”
09.10.2017
14:30
The Armenian-Turkish protocols signed in Zurich 8 years ago had a crucial role both in the relations between the two countries and in the foreign policy of Armenia. Armenian-Turkish relations are now observed before and after the Zurich Protocols.

These protocols, criticized much strongly, are on the brink of being declared null and void after being frozen for nearly a decade. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan stated at the session of the UN General Assemblyon September 20, “We will enter the spring of 2018 without those, as our experience has demonstrated, futile Protocols.”

During the interview on the topic of “Armenian-Turkish Relations in the Context of Regional Developments” at Media Center on October 9, Davit Hovhannisyan, Orientalist, Former Armenian Ambassador to Syria, mentioned that they were doomed to failure because they were originally wrong documents.

“Any 2 states, when establishing diplomatic relations, go through a simple protocol. When establishing diplomatic relations, states recognize the sovereignty and the boundaries of each other, and if they recognize their sovereignty, they do not interfere in each other's internal affairs, and this is a sufficient basis for them. These provisions are sufficient for the two states to begin diplomatic relations.”

In the opinion of the speaker, only Turkey benefited from the signing of the Armenian-Turkish protocols, which from the very beginning did not aim to ratify them and the statements that Turkey did not ratify the protocols under the pressure of Azerbaijan are not true. 

“It was a very well-calculated process, first of all, based on the American initiative, which made it possible to create some consensus with other countries. Turkey sold these protocols to Azerbaijan at a very expensive price. It had serious material and intangible accomplishments and compared what he could give to the regulation of relations with the United States and the benefits of establishing relations with Armenia, we understand that Turkey did the right calculations and gained much more by holding this policy.” 

The speaker is convinced that the Armenian-Turkish relations can be settled at a time when the Armenian and Turkish authorities make a principled decision in that direction.

“Afterwards, the interests of other countries come which may at some point play a decisive role but the decisions of Turkey and Armenia are priority.”

Derenik Malkhasyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

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