Armenia’s parliament panel to debate ‘normalization’ protocols
The Armenian National Assembly's external relations committee is scheduled to hold a debate today on two protocols signed with Turkey which aim to bury a century of hostility between the two countries, Today's Zaman reported.
"We offered the parliament speaker [the chance] to develop a procedure of preliminary discussions," Armen Rustamyan, the chairman of the committee, was quoted as saying on Thursday by an Armenia-based English-language online news portal, PanArmenian.net.
"According to the NA [National Assembly] charter, international agreements are included in the agenda and then debated during the parliamentary session," Rustamyan said, while underlining that the committee debate will be completely transparent.
Rustamyan also stated that the nationalist Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF, Dashnaktsutiun) will support the ratification of the protocols only if certain conditions are included in the protocols. The ARF earlier threatened to attempt to depose President Serzh Sarksyan if the protocols are ratified by the Armenian parliament.
The normalization process has been thrown into question by the weight of still-unresolved disputes four months after Turkey and Armenia signed the two protocols to establish diplomatic ties and open their mutual border.