Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by Tatevik Shahunyan
"Since the signing of the Armenian-Turkish Protocols four years have passed and during that period we hear the same old song from the Turkish side on some creative ideas. These are nothing else than continuation of efforts to hide Turkey's failure of the ratification and implementation process of the protocols without any preconditions, something expected by the international community," says Armenian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Tigran Balayan when commenting on ArmInfo's question regarding yesterday's statement by the Foreign Minister of Turkey saying that the Turkish side wishes to propose new creative ideas aimed at the normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations.
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. Afterwards, the Turkish Foreign Ministry submitted the protocols to the Foreign Relations Committee of the Turkish Parliament. The final resolution was to be made before December 7, but wasn't, as Turkey linked the ratification to the Karabakh conflict's resolution and refused to ratify the document without pre-conditions. On April 22, on the eve of the 95th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey, President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan signed a decree on suspension of the procedure of ratification of the Armenian -Turkish protocols. Armenia shall retain its signature under the Protocols, because of desire to maintain the existing momentum for normalizing relations, because of desire of peace. The protocols are still on agenda of the two countries' Parliaments.