Newsfeed

Prime minister: Supply of Russian weaponry to Armenia launched

Serzh Sargsyan and Seyran Ohanyan to discuss Karabakh problem in presidential residence tonight

Two-fold growth of loan restructuring applications registered in VTB Bank (Armenia)

Head of Armament Unit of Armenia's Armed Forces dismissed

Sharmazanov: Genocide of Christians in Ottoman Turkey, IS actions and Azerbaijani aggression have same handwriting

Ex-president of Armenia included in list of candidates for election to the new Board of Directors of JSFC Sistema

Mammadyarov: Status quo in Karabakh conflict may lead to severe military clashes

Trial over case of the cardboard tank that "crashed" into NSS building is still going on

Tatoul Manaseryan: Top power branches have a great number of caterpillars

Штормовой ветер срывал крыши домов и не на шутку напугал жителей Еревана

Armenian President attends ceremony of unveiling of Memorial to Marshal Hamazasp Babajanian

Bostanjyan calls for reducing all expenses having no crucial significance to state

OSCE PA Special Representative for South Caucasus arrives in Armenia

Seyran Ohanyan: Territories lost during April war were part of Artsakh

Armenian Defense Ministry responds to media reports about dismissal of commander of Mataghis regiment

Greek Defense Minister: Nagorno Karabakh conflict should be settled exclusively through peaceful means

Armenia and China discuss issue to boost cooperation

Baku trying to shift responsibility for April flare up in Karabakh onto Armenian side

Azerbaijani armed forces fire at Azerbaijani-Armenian border

Vice Speaker of Armenian Parliament: Due to parity in international statements on Karabakh problem, the peace process has been going round in a circle for nearly 20 years

Criminal case over embezzlement at ENA CJSC sent to court with a crime sheet

On May 21 as many as 112 museums of Armenia to open their doors to visitors from 6 pm till midnight

Average life expectancy for Armenia is 74.8 years, according to World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs

Samvel Farmanyan: Agramunt is not the politician to have any influence on Karabakh conflict settlement

Lydian International: financing package of Amulsar program is approved. Construction will launch in upcoming months

Serzh Sargsyan: April war has once again proved unity of our nation in its pursuit of liberty and protection of independence

Azerbaijan breached ceasefire agreement using various small arms

ACBA Leasing participates in "Week of Economic Capacities" as financial partner

Bako Sahakyan addressed to participants of 2nd forum of Armenian Political Parties launched in Stepanakert

Stepanakert rejects Baku's accusations of alleged use of prohibited shells with white phosphorus

EEU Prime Ministers agreed on establishing common market of petroleum and petroleum products and terms of adopting new common customs code

Armenian president presented to EEU prime ministers latest developments around Nagorno-Karabakh problem

Parliamentary opposition is skeptical about Armenian Prime Minister's intention to fight corruption

Loss of 800 hectares by Armenian side causes stormy debates at Armenian Parliament

Zhirayr Sefilyan says he is ready to assume authority for restoring Karabakh's territorial integrity by force

Dmitry Medvedev: My second visit to Armenia within a month speaks of the high level of the allied relations of Yerevan and Moscow

Beeline Communication Museum to join Museum Night event

Russian foreign ministry: Sargsyan and Putin will probably meet in Astana on May 31

Inhabitants of Garni and Goght demand from Hovik Abrahamyan and Ishkhan Zakaryan to cancel construction of irrigation systems designed for their own needs

PACE Chair: "All conflicts must be solved within the territorial integrity of the countries"

EEU Summit of Prime Ministers due to commence in Yerevan

Nagorno Karabakh disclaims Azerbaijan's allegations

Analyst: Baku got green light to unleash April aggression basing on principle "take whatever you can, we will not allow your defeat"

Azerbaijan and Russia discuss joint project in engineering field

Analyst: Lack of conclusions from the changes in Karabakh situation triggers concern

ACBA-Credit Agricole Bank and NABU: Names of four winners of "Certification of Organic Agricultural Product" contest are known

Analyst: There are factors making authorities act contrary to Armenia's interests

Canosa, Italy, recognizes Armenian Genocide

Seyran Ohanyan: Creation of atmosphere of confidence is a key to success in any dispute

Diplomat: After Formula-1 race in Baku, situation in Karabakh conflict zone will grow tense again

Regional

Hillary Clinton claims Armenian Foreign Minister was balking at signing Armenian-Turkish protocols

  • Friday, June 13, 21:32

 Hillary Rodham Clinton's book "Hard Choices," which hit bookstores Tuesday, claims that Foreign Minister of Armenia Edward Nalbandian was balking at signing the Armenian-Turkish protocols in Zurich in 2009.  

"On October 9, I flew to Zurich to witness the accord signing alongside the Foreign Ministers of France, Russia, and Switzerland and the EU High Representative. The next afternoon I left my hotel and headed to the University of Zurich for the ceremony. But there was a problem. Nalbandian, the Armenian Minister, was balking. He was worried about what Davutoglu planned to say at the signing and suddenly was refusing to leave the hotel. It seemed as if months of careful negotiations might fall apart. My motorcade turned around and raced back to Zurich's Dolder Grand Hotel. While I waited in the car, Phil Gordon went upstairs along with the lead Swiss negotiator to find Nalbandian and take him to the signing ceremony. But he wouldn't budge. Phil came back downstairs to report and joined me in the car, which was now parked behind the hotel. I started working the phones. On one cell I dialed Nalbandian, and I got Davutoglu on a second line. We went back and forth for an hour, trying to bridge the gap and coax Nalbandian out of his room. 'This is too important, this has to be seen through, we have come too far,' I told them," Clinton recounts in her book.

"Finally I went upstairs to talk to Nalbandian in person. What if we simply canceled the speaking portionof the event? Sign the document, make no statements, and leave. Both sides agreed, and Nalbandian at last emerged. We walked downstairs, and he got in my sedan to drive to the university. It took another hour and a half of hand-holding and arm-twisting at the site to get them to actually walk onstage. We were three hours late, but at least we were there. We held the expedited signing ceremony, and then, with a huge sense of relief, everyone left as fast as they could. To date, neither country has ratified the protocols, and the process remains stalled; however, at a December 2013 conference, the Turkish and Armenian Foreign Ministers met for two hours to discuss how to move forward, and I still hope for a breakthrough," explained Clinton in "Hard Choices."

In her book, Clinton hints that she was the architect of the Turkey-Armenia Protocols, elevating the US's role in the doomed process, to which both Armenia and Turkey have laid claim.

In her book, Clinton claims that Turkey's "Zero Problems With Neighbors" policy was a window through which the US could negotiate a thaw in Turkey-Armenia relations, with hopes of opening the border and initiating diplomatic relations between the two countries.

She claimed that "Hard-liners in both countries were implacably opposed to compromise and put considerable pressure on each government not to make a deal," without mentioning that her own American constituents were vocally opposed to this sham, which was concocted by her predecessors in the Bush Administration and behind which the Obama Administration rabidly threw its support.

Whatever the case, Clinton explicitly says that the aim of the protocols and other initiatives in the Caucasus was not necessarily to achieve peace but to advance US interests.

"The conflict in the Caucasus posed problems for our plans for piping Central Asian natural gas to European markets to lessen their dependence on Russian energy," Clinton writes.

Armenia and Turkey signed the "Protocol on the establishment of diplomatic relations" and the "Protocol on the development of bilateral relations" in Zurich on October 10.  Following Turkey's unwillingness to ratify the protocols and attempts to link ratification with the Karabakh conflict made President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan sign a decree on suspension of the procedure of ratification of the Armenian -Turkish protocols.

Send to a friend

To (e-mail)


Your name


Message


Comments

View comments (0)
  • READ ALL COMMENTS
  • POST A COMMENT

Be first to comment on this article

* Indicates required fields