Turkey's FM says to talk to mediators on Armenia protocols

Davutoglu said substance and spirit of the protocols between Turkey and Armenia for normalisation of relations should be protected.

Turkey's FM says to talk to mediators on Armenia protocols

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said substance and spirit of the protocols between Turkey and Armenia for normalisation of relations should be protected.

Commenting on the Armenian Constitutional Court's reasoned verdict on the protocols at a press conference in Ankara Friday, Davutoglu said it was natural for the Armenian court to elaborate on the protocols' compliance with the Armenian constitution, adding however that preservation of the substance and spirit of the protocols, was what really mattered for Turkey.

"Restrictions on the protocols, attempts to divide them and give precedence to certain parts over others, does not suit with the substance and spirit of these protocols," said Davutoglu.

He said Turkey set out with a perspective to normalise relations with its neighbour Armenia and displayed a strong political will to conclude the process expressing Turkey's expectancy from Armenia to be loyal to the protocols.

Davutoglu said he communicated Turkey's concerns to his Armenian Counterpart Edward Nalbandian over the phone. He said Nalbandian reassured him that court's reasoned verdict did not change what Armenia agreed in the beginning.

"However, we expect to hear more unequivocal and clear statements on this issue," said Davutoglu.

Davutoglu said he would call U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and talk to Switzerland who is mediating the talks with Armenia to voice Turkey's concerns.


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