TURKEY IS "READY TO TAKE STEPS GIVEN THERE ARE RELEVANT CIRCUMSTANCES:" DAVUTOGLU RESPONDS TO SARGSYAN
Ankara is hopeful that the Armenia-Turkey normalization will
resume from the point it stopped, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet
Davutoglu, quoted by local Turkish daily Hurriyet, said in response
to Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan’s April 22 decision to suspend
the ratification of the Armenia-Turkey Protocols.
"It is a unilateral decision made by Armenia. As stated by Prime
Minister [Recep] Tayyip Erdogan, it is their business and it is up
to them to decide [what to do]. Naturally, we cannot intervene in
their domestic affairs. But it is quite important [they put] the
accent on continuing the process. We hope that Armenia and Turkey
would see relevant political atmosphere as soon as possible, and
the process continue from the point it stopped," said Davutoglu,
adding that the continuation of the process is beneficial not only
for Armenia and Turkey but for all other regional powers, as well as
for the international community in the face of US, France and Russia.
Davutoglu also said Turkey remained committed to the letter and soul of
the Protocols signed between Ankara and Yerevan, recalling that those
documents are still in the Turkish parliament and that the Turkish
side is "ready to take steps given there are relevant circumstances."
Further Hurriyet informs that Davutoglu met with US Secretary of
State Hilary Clinton in the framework of an informal NATO summit in
Tallinn, Estonia, and discussed Sargsyan’s recent decision to suspend
the ratification of the protocols.
The two diplomats highlighted the importance of continuing the
Armenia-Turkey normalization process.