MP: Yerevan’s accusations in disrupting of process of normalizing relations with Ankara is unacceptable

Politics Materials 18 January 2011 19:51 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 18 / Trend A.Akhundov /

Yerevan is the real culprit of stagnation in the negotiations on the normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations and Armenians' allegations in this regard are unacceptable, Turkish MP and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Republican People's Party Onur Oymen told Trend over telephone from Ankara.

"No shift in the process of normalizing relations between Armenia and Turkey will be as long as Armenia does not change its position on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and will not abandon its claims on recognition of the" Armenian genocide "in the world. Armenia's accusations against Turkey is unacceptable," Oymen said

The Armenian Foreign Ministry on Monday called Turkey as an unreliable partner, and stated that Turkey was lack fortitude to take with respect to its obligations in 2010.

"Turkey has not only not ratified the Armenian-Turkish protocol, but returned to the language of preconditions, which it used before the start of the process (normalization)," the ministry reported.

Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward Nalbandian signed the Ankara-Yerevan protocols in Zurich Oct. 10, 2009. 

Diplomatic relations between Armenia and Turkey have been broken due to Armenia's claims of an alleged genocide, and its occupation of Azerbaijani lands. The border between them has been broken since 1993.

In April, President Serzh Sargsyan issued a decree to suspend the ratification procedure over the Armenian-Turkish protocols on normalizing relations in the parliament. Sargsyan argued the temporary suspension of the ratification of the protocols with "national interests ".

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.