Washington believes that normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations will become the victory of the State Department and President Obama, against the general background of diplomatic and economic failures that have recently rocked America.
October 11, 2011
Two years ago, under tremendous pressure from the U.S., Russia and EU, the Armenian-Turkish protocols on normalizing relations and opening the border were signed in Zurich. And today, as before, the signed documents have remained on paper. Moreover, Turkey is doing its best to bury them. And it’s noteworthy that she somewhat succeeds, Armenia, too, having her share in this achievement…
TBMM decision is much conditioned by the Middle East developments, in which Ankara is trying to have a say, and for a number of reasons - succeeds.
August 23, 2011
The Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) removed from the agenda 898 bills, including the Protocols on normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations and opening of the border between Armenia and Turkey. The Protocols were signed in Zurich on 10 October 2009. According to Pirus Haber, the main reason for the withdrawal of the Protocols from the agenda was the stance of the new Parliament, which considers that the issue of opening the Armenian-Turkish border is no longer tangible for the country’s political course. Besides, in compliance with the parliament’s regulations, a bill not approved by the Parliament within half a year, loses its validity.