Parliament's approval is necessary for signing protocol between Turkey and Armenia: prime minister
Approval of Turkey's Parliament is necessary for signing protocol between Turkey and Armenia, said Prime Minister Rajap Tayyib Erdogan, Anadolu news agency reported
"The protocol, which will be signed between the two countries, is possible only after the approval of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey," said Erdogan
During negotiations under the mediation of Switzerland, Turkey and Armenia reached an agreement to begin "internal political consultations" regarding the signing of Protocol on establishing diplomatic relations" and "Protocol on development of bilateral relations, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
"Political consultations will be completed within six weeks, and after that two protocols will be signed, which to be presented for approval by the parliaments of two countries," the statement says.
"Both protocols provide the basis for the normalization of bilateral relations," the Foreign Ministry of Turkey stated.
Diplomatic relations are absent between Turkey and Armenia, the borders between the two countries have been closed since 1993.
"Normalization of bilateral relations would contribute to ensuring peace and stability in the region. Turkey and Armenia are inclined to make common efforts under support of Switzerland," the Ministry of Turkey said.