Armenia and Turkey Signed Historic Protocols Treaty.
Today in Zurich, Switzerland after tensions and delays in negotiations over three hours long, Armenia and Turkey finally signed a Treaty to establish diplomatic ties between the countries after 94 years of enmity.
This treaty (Protocol) is the start to the healing of wounds that are long over due and much needed by both Armenia, Turkey and the region.
"The "Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Armenia" was signed by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Armenian counterpart Eduard Nalbandian in Swiss city of Zurich on Saturday. "
"Under the protocol, Turkey and Armenia reconfirmed their commitment, in their bilateral and international relations, to respect and ensure respect for the principles of "equality, sovereignty, non-intervention in internal affairs of other states, territorial integrity and inviolability of frontiers".
Turkey and Armenia also condemned all forms of terrorism, violence and extremism irrespective of their cause, pledging to refrain from encouraging and tolerating such acts and to cooperate in combating against them."
“The accord, aimed at ending a century of hostility stemming from Ottoman Era massacres, was brokered by the Swiss over the past two years, with the help of French, Russian and U.S. officials. Clinton had been in frequent contact with the two sides in recent months to help seal the deal.”
“After a more than three hour delay, the Armenian-Turkish protocols were signed today at approximately 11:22 p.m., Yerevan local time. It appeared that a last-minute hitch, regarding the statement to be made by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, irritated the Armenian delegation and RoA Foreign Minister Edward Nalbanian made a formal complaint.”
“In Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said his country was showing "goodwill" to restore ties with Armenia. But he said Turkey was keen on seeing Armenian troops withdrawn from Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-occupied enclave in Azerbaijan that has been a center of regional tensions.
"We are trying to boost our relations with Armenia in a way that will cause no hard feelings for Azerbaijan," Erdoğan told reporters.”
"Armenian President Serge Sarkisian said his country was taking "responsible decisions" in normalizing relations with Turkey, despite what he called the unhealable wounds of genocide
"There is no alternative to the establishment of the relations with Turkey without any precondition," said Sarkisian. "It is the dictate of the time."
"UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today's signing of two protocols paving the way towards normalizing ties between Armenia and Turkey, voicing hope that the move will contribute to peace, security and stability in the South Caucasus region.
“This historic decision constitutes a milestone toward the establishment of good neighbourly relations and the development of bilateral cooperation between both countries,” " Source: www.un.org