Armenia and Turkey's "Historic Deal," One Year Later
Just over a year ago, on October 11, 2009, Armenia and Turkey agreed to put their longtime animosity aside and work to reopen their borders. World leaders called it a beautiful day for peace and harmony. The jubilation didn't last for long.
Today, everything is essentially back to square one. Neither country’s legislature has followed through on the reconciliation protocols. Armenia accuses Turkey of hypocrisy, failure to own up to Ottoman Turkey's 1915 massacre of ethnic Armenians and undermining the deal by looping the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict into the reconciliation talks. Turkey calls on Armenia to refer the genocide issue to historians, and, in deference to ally Azerbaijan, insists on movement toward a Karabakh resolution.
Nor is there much chance for change. In a Wall St. Journal op-ed, Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian called on Turkey to prove its willingness to make peace. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has advised the Armenians not to shut the door on the protocols and to stop blaming Turkey.
Meanwhile, the international community, not known for its attention span, has long moved on to other matters. For now, the Turkey-Armenia predicament does not seem to merit more than an occasional line about commitment to resolution of the issue.