MP: Turkey can abandon protocols signed with Armenia
Turkish MP Shukri Elekdag said Turkey may abandon the protocol signed with Armenia after the adoption of a resolution by the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, or amend its text, as did the Armenian Constitutional Court, CNN Turk reported.
Elekdag, a member of a Turkish delegation headed by Turkish Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee Chief Murat Merjan, said at a press conference in Washington that the adoption of the resolution recognizing the so-called "Armenian Genocide" by the U.S. committee "dealt a heavy blow to Turkish-Armenian relations."
The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday adopted 23 to 22 votes a resolution recognizing the so-called "Armenian Genocide."
Elekdag said Ankara after may now make amendments to the Turkish-Armenian protocols.
"As of today, the protocols have lost their former status," the Turkish MP said.
Turkey and Armenia signed two protocols on Oct. 10, 2009 to normalize relations between the two countries. After his official visit to Moscow, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Ankara in December that the process is directly related to resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, although some people argue that Turkish-Armenian relations are distinct from Nagorno Karabakh.