Protocols and the Peanut Gallery

September 2, 2009 at 3:54 pm (Armenian-Turkish relations) (, , , , , , , , )

Serzh Sargsyan and Abdullah Gül - credit:

Serzh Sargsyan and Abdullah Gül - credit:

It has been a few days since the news broke about Armenia and Turkey’s protocols and, as expected, everyone has something to say about it.

The Dashnaks: Don’t like it – they would prefer genocide recognition and guaranteed sovereignty of Armenian lands first (NK, but slight nod to the homeland in eastern Anatolia.)

ANCA: like the Dashnaks (because they are the US lobbying version of the Dashnak party) the ANCA is concerned about Armenia’s sovereignty and how the protocols might cast doubt on the Armenian genocide.  Also want Turkey and the US to recognize the genocide.

Armenian National Congress (HAK): AKA Levon Ter-Petrossian’s party AKA Sargsyan’s opposition commend the protocols, (which, after all, mirror Ter-Petrossian’s policy back when he was president but don’t like the historical commission part because it might cast doubt on the ‘reality of the Armenian genocide.’

So it looks like Armenia’s sovereignty is a primary concern. (Armenia’s sovereignty is made visual here.)  For some this sovereignty extends to NK and even eastern Anatolia.  For others, sovereignty is more about the ability to take a stand on the genocide and facilitate its recognition.  


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