Armenia says hopes Turkey will ratify protocols after warnings

The two protocols require parliamentary ratification in both countries before they enter into force.

Armenia says hopes Turkey will ratify protocols after warnings

Armenia said it hopes Turkey will ratify the protocols after Turkish PM said Armenia attempted to re-write the text of the signed deal.

Erdogan's comments came after a decision made by the Armenian Constitutional Court on the signed protocols.

Asked if the process was in danger of collapsing, Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said:

"If Turkey is not ready to ratify the protocols, if it continues to speak in the language of preconditions and to block the process, then I don't exclude it."

But he added: "I hope Turkey will ratify the documents."

The two protocols require parliamentary ratification in both countries before they enter into force.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that "Turkey sent the protocols directly to the Turkish parliament without making any other institution an intermediary. We have not conducted an operation on the sentences. We have sent the protocols as they were signed and showed sincerity".

At the moment, Armenia has attempted to make an operation on the protocols. Such an attempt must be corrected. Unless a correction is made, the process would get damaged. We are not in a position to keep the relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia out of this context, Erdogan stressed.

Turkey and Armenia had no diplomatic ties or economic relations since Turkey closed its border with Armenia after this country invaded the Upper-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan in 1992, until recently when the two countries agreed about a month ago on a protocol to establish relations after months-long Swiss mediated talks.

The two countries signed two protocols recently to normalize relations which among other things foresees reciprocal opening of borders between the two countries and mutual recognition of existing borders.


Agencies

 

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