Milliyet: Turkish diplomacy strives to facilitate rapprochement with Armenia

Milliyet: Turkish diplomacy strives to facilitate rapprochement with Armenia

PanARMENIAN.Net - A foreign affairs analyst for Turkish newspaper Milliyet commented on the prospects of the development of Yerevan-Ankara ties in the context of the Azeri President Ilham Aliyev's visit to Turkey, Tert.am said.

"Ankara's provides all-round assistance on Karabakh issue to Azerbaijan; the latter, however, does not return the courtesy where Cyprus is concerned," Sami Cohen said.

According to the columnist, following the signing of rapprochement protocols in Zurich 4 yeas ago, Turkey laid a Karabakh-related precondition, though the document actually contained no mention of Karabakh. However, the article said, Azerbaijan became highly concerned over Turkey's plans to establish diplomatic ties with Armenia and open the border.

"Azeri stance prompted Erdogan to promise Baku no rapprochement with Armenia will be launched unless Karabakh conflict is solved," Cohen said. "Thus, Baku concerns were abated, yet a chance for a rapprochement with Armenia was lost."

Should Karabah conflict be solved, there'll be no impediment to Yerevan-Ankara rapprochement. Yet no progress has been achieved for 20 years, the article said.

"OSCE Minsk Group is looking for a solution, yet fails to find it. Under the circumstances, no normalization of ties with Armenia is possible. Yet Turkish diplomacy is taking every effort to contribute to the Karabakh conflict settlement through meetings with the OSCE MG leadership," the article said.

The Armenian-Turkish Protocols

The Protocols aimed at normalization of bilateral ties and opening of the border between Armenia and Turkey were signed in Zurich by Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on October 10, 2009, after a series of diplomatic talks held through Swiss mediation.

On January 12, 2010, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia found the protocols conformable to the country’s Organic Law.

Commenting on the CC ruling, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “it contains preconditions and restrictive provisions which impair the letter and spirit of the Protocols.” ”The decision undermines the very reason for negotiating these Protocols as well as their fundamental objective. This approach cannot be accepted on our part. Turkey, in line with its accustomed allegiance to its international commitments, maintains its adherence to the primary provisions of these Protocols. We expect the same allegiance from the Armenian government,” the Ministry said.

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