Ankara Says No Protocols Without Meeting Its Conditions
BAKU—Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu all but confirmed that Turkey is holding the Karabakh conflict resolution process in favor of Azerbaijan as a precondition to Ankara’s implementation of the Armenia-Turkey protocols.
In remarks made in Baku following a meeting with his Iranian and Azerbaijani counterparts, Cavusoglu said that as long Turkey’s conditions are not met, it would be impossible for Ankara to implement the Protocols.
“We wanted to do this on certain terms. The main thing is that Armenia leaves the occupied territories after that we shall normalize our relations,” Cavusoglu was quoted as saying.
He also found fault with Yerevan’s decision to submit the Protocols to Armenia’s Constitutional Court, http://concourt.am/english/decisions/common/pdf/850.pdf saying that Armenia’s high court “removed some important articles from the documents” without elaborating on specific provisions.
The dangerous Turkey-Armenia Protocols are back in the headlines because Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, while on an official visit to Greece, said http://asbarez.com/169267/yerevan-reiterates-end-to-turkey-armenia-protocols/ that Armenia will nullify the documents before spring, echoing a statement made by President Serzh Sarkisian, who in October told the United Nations General Assembly http://asbarez.com/166717/yerevan-will-declare-turkey-armenia-protocols-null-and-void-sarkisian-tells-un/ that Armenia will declare the Protocols null and void.
Nalbandian’s statement spurred a reactionary statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, which accused Nalbandian of distorting facts and misleading the international community.