Turkey to send Armenia protocols to Majlis next week

Cicek also said that Turkey had fraternal relations with Azerbaijan, not a relationship based on interests.

Turkey to send Armenia protocols to Majlis next week

Turkish government will send the protocols Turkey signed with Armenia to the parliament (Majlis) next week, government spokesman said on Monday.
State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek, also the government spokesman, said that the government would send the protocols signed with Armenia to normalize relations, to the parliament in the following week.

"Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will inform the parliament regarding the protocols on October 21," Cicek told reporters after the cabinet meeting in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Cicek also said that Turkey had fraternal relations with Azerbaijan, not a relationship based on interests.

"No process is more important for us than Turkish-Azerbaijani friendship," Cicek said.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Armenian counterpart Eduard Nalbandian signed two protocols in the Swiss city of Zurich on Saturday.

The two protocols were on "the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Armenia" and "the Development of Bilateral Relations between the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Armenia".

The protocol on establishment of diplomatic relations envisages mutual recognition of the existing border between the two countries.

Under the protocol, Turkey and Armenia reconfirmed their commitment, in their bilateral and international relations, to respect and ensure respect for the principles of "equality, sovereignty, non-intervention in internal affairs of other states, territorial integrity and inviolability of frontiers".

Turkey and Armenia also condemned all forms of terrorism, violence and extremism irrespective of their cause, pledging to refrain from encouraging and tolerating such acts and to cooperate in combating against them.

The protocol on development of bilateral relations aims to facilitate the development of relations between Turkey and Armenia in all fields and took significant steps within this frame.

One of the steps has to do with the opening of the Turkish-Armenian border two months after the protocol goes into effect. The two countries have decided to establish committees in various fields and at various levels. An historical sub-committee will be established with the participation of international experts.

Turkey and Armenia have no diplomatic ties or economic relations since Armenia declared its independence in 1991 and Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 after this country invaded the Upper-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

In July 2008, the then Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan expressed Turkey's willingness to normalize relations with Yerevan.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul travelled to Armenia in September 2008 to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier match between the two countries upon an invitation by President Serzh Sargsian of Armenia.

After months-long Swiss mediated talks, Turkey and Armenia agreed about a month ago on a protocol to establish relations and open the border.

Azerbaijani and Armenian officials are also holding talks for over a year to find a settlement to the Upper Karabakh dispute.

Gul invited Sargsian to watch the return match in Turkey on October 14. Sargsian told reporters earlier on Monday that he would go to the Turkish city of Bursa and support his team, providing nothing extraordinary happened in the following two days.


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