Roadmap to Protocols: Armenian Turkish Diplomacy within 2 months?

August 31, 2009 at 10:06 pm (Armenian-Turkish relations) (, , , , , , )

Very exciting news today, courtesy of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey.  Armenia and Turkey have agreed to two protocols to be mediated by the Swiss.  The protocols are expected to be signed within six weeks.

The “Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey”emphasizes their commitment to open the border, recognizes that border as it is, agrees to establish diplomatic missions in each other’s country, and generally promotes peace, trust and neighborliness.  The “Protocol on Development of Relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey” identifies the mutual interests of both countries to enhance bilateral relations and the countries AGREE TO OPEN THE BORDER WITHIN TWO MONTHS OF SIGNING.  They even have a time-line.  Read the texts of both protocols here.

Armenian-Turkish border - credit: evrimnazli

Armenian-Turkish border - credit: evrimnazli

Armenia and Turkey announced a vague roadmap on April 23rd, 2009 but, to date, these protocols have been the greatest strides towards diplomacy.   The 1.5 million dollar question thrown around between April and today was how the genocide would play into the diplomatic process, even though Serge Sargysan has said for over a year that Armenia has no preconditions to normalizing relations.  The only nod to the genocide comes in the Protocol on Development of Relations, in which both countries agree to “implement a dialogue on the historical dimension with the aim to restore mutual confidence between the two nations, including an impartial scientific examination of the historical records and archives to define existing problems and formulate recommendations.”

No doubt this is going to please some and horribly upset others, namely the Dashnaks.  I, for one, will be keeping an independent watch on that two month deadline.  It’s time for some action.



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  3. Sam Racoubian said,

    A drop of ink, and just a signature from an armenian does not cancel the fact that 1.5 million armenians were drawn out of their homes and slaughtered like sheep in the wilderness of the Deir El Zor desert. After 100 years it is horror to hear, that some people are newcommers and they want to exactly know what happended at that time.

  4. pomexpress said,

    Sam, you are absolutely right that the protocols are not a cancellation of, nor apology for, the genocide. If nothing else, the protocols have demonstrated to the worldwide Armenian community that reconciliation and rapprochement do not necessarily go together.

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