Turkey sends a top envoy to Armenia

Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioğlu, Undersecretary of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been sent by Prime Minister Erdogan to meet with Armenian President Sarkisian and Foreign Minister Nalbandian on April 7 to discuss the stalled reconciliation process. Reconciliation has been delayed since the October signing of the protocols which remain to be ratified by both parliaments. PM Erdogan also raised the possibility of a personal meeting with President Sarkisian, at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, pending a ‘positive response’ to Sinirlioğlu’s visit.

Despite the diplomatic meeting, significant hurdles remain to normalization, particularly Armenia’s insistence that an agreement does not contradict its constitutionally mandated belief that the 1915 events were ‘genocide’ and the unlikelihood of Turkey’s parliament ratifying the protocols without some accompanying progress on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Source: Hurriyet Daily

 

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