Armenia annuls normalization protocols with Turkiye
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan announced the annul normalization protocols of relations signed in 2009 with Turkiye.
Stating after the Armenian National Security Council that they have annulled normalization protocol with Turkiye, President's spokesperson Vladimir Akopyan said, "Armenia has annulled the protocol because any progress did not achieve on this regard."
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan announced in his speech at UN General Assembly in the last September that they would annul the protocols signed with Turkiye.
Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian also announced in December that the protocol will be annulled in spring.
Process for the normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkiye began in autumn 2009.
The Zurich Protocols signed by Yerevan and Ankara in 2009 were designed to open the Turkiye-Armenia border and normalize diplomatic ties. The agreement required ratification by both countries' parliaments.
The two countries also agreed to open the common border with the protocol, recognizing the existing border mutually, as described in the respective treaties of international law.
The protocols signed between the two countries on October 10, 2009, were described as "historic".
The party, which formed the majority coalition in the parliament of Armenia, later decided to freeze the process by saying that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan handled the issue together with the Nagorno-Karabakh issue between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
"If Azerbaijan and Armenia issue is resolved, the problems between Turkiye and Armenia would have solved," said Erdoğan after elected as President. (ILKHA)