Armenia terminates protocols to normalize relations with Turkey

President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan announced Thursday the protocol to normalize relations with Turkey as void and null.

The Armenian news agency ARMENPRESS reported that the president had taken the decision after discussing the issue with the National Security Council.

“Governed by the amendments of 2005, by the 7th paragraph of the 55th article of the Constitution of Armenia..I decree: To cancel the procedure for signing the protocols ‘On the establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey’ and ‘On the development of relations between Armenia and Turkey”, signed on October 10, 2009 in Zurich.” He argued that Armenia has announced numerous times in case Turkey does not change its policy on this issue Armenia will declare the Zurich protocols null and void and will enter the spring of 2018 without them.

In 2008, at the initiative of the President of Armenian a new phase of Armenian-Turkish relations was started. As a result, on October 10, 2009 in Zurich, the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Turkey – Edward Nalbandian and Ahmet Davutoglu – signed the protocols.

The signing ceremony was attended by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, head of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar and Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union.

Source: Kuwait News Agency