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The End of the Turkey-Armenia Protocols: Must We Wait until Next Spring?

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Post The End of the Turkey-Armenia Protocols: Must We Wait until Next Spring?

Last week, Armenias president, Serge Sarkisian, made an important pronouncement. Standing before the United Nations General Assembly, he announced the end of the Turkey-Armenia Protocols.

Sarkisian said the so-called Zurich Protocols, which were signed in 2009 to allow the opening of borders and set up formal diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia, continuously lacked any positive progress toward implementation.

A scene from the signing of the Turkey-Armenia Protocols in 2009

We will enter the spring of 2018 without thoseas our experience has demonstrated, futile Protocols, the President announced during his address.

Unfortunately, with his references to next spring, the Presidents timeline remains vague. After eight wasted years, must we really wait six more months for the end of this folly?

Indeed, from the outset, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) viewed the Protocols as dangerous and ill-advised. Had they been implemented, Artsakhs right to self-determination would have been subordinated, the veracity of the Armenian Genocide questioned, and Armenias current, arbitrary border with Turkey codifiedall in the name of supposed good relations with an unrepentant Turkey.

Turkeys insincerity was evident throughout the process, made apparent by its insatiable demands for even more concessions.

These failed Protocols should serve as a lesson for the United States and others that pressured Armenia down this flawed path.

Normalization of Armenias relations with Turkey is an important objective that should be pursued, but it cannot be done at the expense of our nations core interests. Moreover, it cannot be done at the expense of the basic tenet of equal partnership.

From their onset, the Protocols set out to hold hostage the present and future Armenia and the Armenian people, and could never serve as a foundation for respectful and friendly relations between Turkey and Armenia.

While long overdue, President Sarkisians step is welcome nonetheless. We must be confident that Armenia can now move forward, unencumbered by the specter of the Protocols.

Spring 2018 is nearly half a year away. Its time to expedite the process and declare the failed Protocols null and void immediately.


  Last week, Armenias president, Serge Sarkisian, made an important pronouncement. Standing before the United Nations General Assembly, he announced the end of the Turkey-Armenia Protocols. Sarkisian said the so-called Zurich Protocols, which were signed in 2009 to allow the opening of borders and set up formal diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia, continuously lacked any positive progress toward implementation. A scene from the signing of the Turkey-Armenia Protocols in 2009 We will enter the spring of 2018 without thoseas our experience has demonstrated, futile Protocols, the President announced during his address. Unfortunately, with his references to next spring, the Presidents timeline remains vague. After eight wasted years, must we really wait six more months for the end of this folly? Indeed, from the outset, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) viewed the Protocols as dangerous and ill-advised. Had they been implemented, Artsakhs right to self-determination would have been subordinated, the veracity of the Armenian Genocide questioned, and Armenias current, arbitrary border with Turkey codifiedall in the name of supposed good relations with an unrepentant Turkey. Turkeys insincerity was evident throughout the process, made apparent by its insatiable demands for even more concessions. These failed Protocols should serve as a lesson [...]
  Last week, Armenias president, Serge Sarkisian, made an important pronouncement. Standing before the United Nations General Assembly, he announced the end of the Turkey-Armenia Protocols. Sarkisian said the so-called Zurich Protocols, which were signed in 2009 to allow the opening of borders and set up formal diplomatic relations between Turkey and Armenia, continuously lacked any positive progress toward implementation. A scene from the signing of the Turkey-Armenia Protocols in 2009 We will enter the spring of 2018 without thoseas our experience has demonstrated, futile Protocols, the President announced during his address. Unfortunately, with his references to next spring, the Presidents timeline remains vague. After eight wasted years, must we really wait six more months for the end of this folly? Indeed, from the outset, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) viewed the Protocols as dangerous and ill-advised. Had they been implemented, Artsakhs right to self-determination would have been subordinated, the veracity of the Armenian Genocide questioned, and Armenias current, arbitrary border with Turkey codifiedall in the name of supposed good relations with an unrepentant Turkey. Turkeys insincerity was evident throughout the process, made apparent by its insatiable demands for even more concessions. These failed Protocols should serve as a lesson [...]
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