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European Armenian federation deplores protocols with Turkey

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The European Armenian Federation for Justice is against the signing of historic accords between Armenia and Turkey, the chairwoman of the federation said.

BRUSSELS, October 12 (RIA Novosti) - The European Armenian Federation for Justice is against the signing of historic accords between Armenia and Turkey, the chairwoman of the federation said.

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbanian and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu signed protocols on diplomatic relations and on bilateral relations Saturday at Zurich University. The documents are still to be ratified by parliaments amid continued fierce opposition from nationalist parties in both countries.

"We support the establishment of relations between Armenia and Turkey, but we stand against these protocols as they pose a threat to vitally important interests of Armenia and the Armenian people," Hilda Choboyan said in a statement.

According to her, such issues as the Turkish genocide of Armenians, recognition of the borders between Armenia and Turkey as well as the Nagorny Karabakh conflict were not taken into account during the signing of the protocols.

"We call on the parliament of Armenia not to ratify the protocols in their current unjust form," she added.

Turkey demands that Yerevan drop its campaign to have the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 internationally recognized as genocide.

Turkey also closed its border with Armenia in 1993 in a show of support for Muslim ally Azerbaijan, following a bloody conflict over Nagorny Karabakh between the two republics.

Nagorny Karabakh, a region in Azerbaijan with a largely Armenian population, has been a source of conflict between the former Soviet republics since the late 1980s. The province has its own government and is de facto independent.

Armenia and Turkey agreed to a "roadmap" to normalize their relations under Swiss mediation this April. The draft pact between the countries had been backed by the United States and European Union.

 

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