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Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian had a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu. Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Burak Ozugergin said that Armenian FM expressed his concern over the statement issued by Turkish Foreign Ministry, News.am reports citing Turkish media.
On January 19, Turkish Foreign Ministry had issued a statement criticizing the decision of RA Constitutional Court on Armenia-Turkey Protocols. ‘This decision contains preconditions and restrictive provisions which impair the letter and spirit of the Protocols. The said decision undermines the very reason for negotiating these Protocols as well as their fundamental objective,” the statement reads.
Official Yerevan expressed on Tuesday its “bewilderment” with the claim, suggesting that the Turkish government might be seeking a new excuse to delay the parliamentary ratification of the agreements.
The court upheld on January 12 the legality of the two protocols that commit Ankara to establish diplomatic relations with Yerevan and open the Turkish-Armenian boarder. In an apparent response to domestic criticism of the deal, it also indicated that the documents can not have any bearing on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict or inhibit Armenia’s pursuit of greater international recognition of the Armenian genocide.
It really smells like Turkey is looking for an excuse to back away from the protocols, and a couple of careless phrases in Armenian Constitutional Court’s verdict are about to give Turkey that excuse, plus the opportunity to stain Armenia’s reputation.