Turkish FM: Yerevan holds back on Turkey-Armenia protocol
Turkey, Ankara, / Trend H.Altınalan /
Turkish foreign minister said that Armenia holds back on Ankara-Yerevan protocols.
"Armenia does not show positive position towards the Turkey-Armenia protocols," he told Trend .
Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers, Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward Nalbandian, signed the Ankara-Yerevan protocols in Zurich Oct. 10.
Turkey and Armenia reached an agreement to launch "internal political consultations" on Aug. 31 and signed the "Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and Protocol on the Development of Bilateral Relations," the Turkish Foreign Ministry reported.
Jan.12, 2009, the Armenian Constitutional Court said that the Ankara-Yerevan protocols comply with the Armenian Constitution. However, the court reported that creation of a joint commission to study the 1915 events is unnecessary and Armenia will never give up its demand for recognition of the genocide.
Davutoglu said he expressed his concern over the Armenian Constitutional Court's amendments to the protocols during a meeting with his Armenian counterpart in London.
"The Armenian Constitutional Court's decision is not constructive and following these changes the relations between the two countries are again back to the past level," he added.
He said if Armenia does not abandon its non-constructive position and if Ankara considers that the normalization process goes awry, then the process will stop.
Davutoglu said that when Armenia raises the genocide issue it obstructs the normalization process.
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