KIEV, Ukraine (Hurriyet)–Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Kiev Thursday for talks on the ongoing normalization efforts between their two countries.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Davutoglu said the one-on-one with Sarkisian gave him an opportunity to talk about the normalization process and other developments in the South Caucasus.
“We reviewed the Turkish -Armenian normalization relationship in its entirety with open hearts today including our anxieties and the obstacles we face,” Davutoglu said. “We spoke about Armenia-Azerbaijan relations and the activities of the Minsk Group as related to the Karabakh issue.”
“I also had the opportunity to tell Mr. Sarkisian about Turkey’s vision for the region,” he said.
The meeting comes as international pressure mounts on Turkey to ratify agreements signed between the two countries last October. Ankara has thus far held off on submitting the documents to parliament, demanding instead that Armenia must first agree to a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict favoring Azerbaijan.
President Sarkisian, for his part, submitted the protocols to the Armenian parliament last week but said the legislature would not ratify the documents before Turkey.
The Armenian parliament meanwhile passed legal amendments Thursday that would allow Sarkisian to suspend ratification and withdraw from previously signed international agreements. The amendments were passed by a vote of 70-4. The move comes amid growing frustration in Armenia over Turkey’s efforts to leverage the protocols in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process.