Signed – next up: Ratification

October 11, 2009 at 10:51 pm (Armenian-Turkish relations) (, , , , , , , , )

Edouard Nalbandian and Ahmet Davutoglu, signing  Credit: AFP

Eduard Nalbandian and Ahmet Davutoglu sign the protocols. Credit: Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

On Saturday October 10th, Armenian and Turkey took step two towards normalizing relations between their two countries. Reports of last-minute, pre-signing glitches and post-signing extra conditions are adding some drama to Armenian, Turkish, international, and regional media coverage of the highly anticipated and, to many, highly dreaded moment.

Eduard Nalbandian and Ahemt Davutoglu after signing the protocols   credit: Asbarez

Eduard Nalbandian and Ahemt Davutoglu after signing the protocols. Credit: Fotoloor/Asbarez

In short, although the protocols have been signed by both countries, both governments must now ratify the documents, which would open up diplomacy and the Armenian-Turkish border within two months. Turkish PM Erdogan is already standing up with a precondition: Armenia must pull out of its occupied NK territories. Meanwhile, members of the Armenian diaspora are continuing with their protests and demonstrations against the protocols, because the documents includes an agreement on a “dialogue on the historical dimension with the aim to restore mutual confidence.”

Perhaps my favorite coverage of the new precondition was anticipated by ArmComedy with the headline “Turkey’s New Precondition: Sargsyan must attend Gul’s Birthday Party.

To ratification and beyond, I will be watching the diplomacy unfold.

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2 Comments

  1. Sergey said,

    Now the thorniest part begins i think. Turkey has made clear that they have a ‘special’ way of interpreting the protocols which implies Karabakh.. But the one thing that could help Armenia is at least NOT being clammed and criticized by Disapora.

  2. armcomedy said,

    Thanx for the link ))

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