Two days before Armenia commemorates Ottoman Turkey’s World War I-era slayings of ethnic Armenians, President Serzh Sargsyan on April 22 called on Armenia’s parliament to "suspend" the process to ratify reconciliation protocols with Turkey.
Sargyan described the current stage of relations with Turkey as "exhausted." A senior Armenian politician, meanwhile, indicated that the agreement may be recalled from parliament.
In a televised speech to the nation, Sargsyan, who has long backed normalizing ties with Turkey, took issue with what he termed "preconditions" set by Ankara for a peace deal with Armenia. These preconditions, the president contended, caused the process to stall.
"Preconditions" refers primarily to recent comments made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who indicated that Turkey would not normalize relations with Armenia unless Yerevan made progress in peace negotiations with Turkish ally Azerbaijan concerning the future of Nagorno-Karabakh. [For background see EurasiaNet archive].
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Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance reporter based in Yerevan.