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Sarkisian Withdraws Protocols from Parliament

YEREVAN (A.W.)—Armenian President Serge Sarkisian has asked to withdraw the Turkey-Armenia protocols from the National Assembly. Sarkisian sent a letter to the Chairman of the National Assembly Galust Sahakyan, informing him about his decision to withdraw the protocols from the National Assembly of Armenia, reported Armenpress.

On April 23, 2009, an agreement of “mutual understanding,” defined as a “roadmap,” had been agreed upon by Armenia and Turkey assuring the world that mutually beneficial relations between them were forthcoming.

In the days leading to the signing of the proposals, Sarkisian made a tour of several Armenian communities around the world, including New York, Paris, Beirut, and Los Angeles, only to be met with scorn and outrage.

Public outcry had virtually no swaying influence on the resolve of the Armenian authorities, and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian alongside his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu signed the protocols in Zurich on Oct. 10, 2009.

On April 22, 2010, only seven months after signing the accord, Sarkisian made a statement, in which he made it clear that the political majority in the National Assembly considered statements from the Turkish side unacceptable, “specifically those by Prime Minister [Recepy Tayyip] Erdogan, who has again made the ratification of the Armenia-Turkey protocols by the Turkish parliament directly dependent on a resolution over Nagorno-Karabagh.”

Below is an excerpt from the president’s letter to Sahakyan, as published by the Public Radio of Armenia.

Click Here To Read Full Article: Armenian Weekly

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