Protocols Not To Be Ratified Soon: Sabine Freizer

April 21 2010

There is little chance that Armenia-Turkey Protocols will be ratified
by the countries’ parliaments soon, reads the article by Sabine
Freizer — Crisis Group’s Europe Program Director in Global Post.

She notes that RA President Serzh Sargsyan is also pressurized on the
issue. "Even though a quick ratification in Armenia would firmly put
the ball in Turkey’s court and give Yerevan credit internationally,
domestic opposition is strong," she says. The expert offers both
sides to put aside disputable provisions in the Protocols and focus on
less problematic issues. In particular, she recommends to start with
establishment of diplomatic ties and recognition of mutual borders
(the latter is the most disputable point-edit.). Freizer recalls
that there are hundreds of unresolved issues between the sides, for
instance 40 000 Armenians residing in Turkey, tourists who visit
"the Turkish Riviera" as well as "Turkish truck drivers and small
businesses operating in Armenia."

"Even in the current difficult diplomatic climate, the leaders of
Turkey and Armenia can and should take these initial steps to ensure
their people can build up a prosperous future and help them come to
terms with their shared traumatic history," the author concludes.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS